[Dovecot] An unconstructive grumble

/dev/rob0 rob0 at gmx.co.uk
Mon Jun 3 17:48:54 EEST 2013

On Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 06:23:09AM -0700, dd wrote:
> 5 hours of configuration attempts, error after confusing error, 
> documentation with examples that only show extracts of working 
> configurations.  I really feel like throwing in the towel with 
> dovecot.
> It should not be this hard ...

Why not? You're really not in a position to make this claim. But 
having said that...

> and frankly almost impossible to understand and configure for
> such an incedibly simple configuration.
> /home/vmail/domain.name/username/cur
> /home/vmail/domain.name/username/new
> /home/vmail/domain.name/username/tmp
> 3 virtual users.  All I want is a username and password to
> access my email.

... you complicated things by wanting virtual users. System users 
would have been much simpler to set up. Also, you missed the fact 
that virtual users should have a $HOME directory just like system 


The only constructive suggestion I can make here is to scrap it and 
start over with system users. Let PAM / your OS handle the username 
and password and other daunting tasks.
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