[Dovecot] Dovecot is not creating directories properly for new accounts

Chris vorgusa at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 17:45:15 EEST 2013

Dovecot is able to create the other directories after the main home 
folder is created, it might be having issues creating the parent directories

On 09/03/2013 10:49 AM, Chris Lasater wrote:
> Hi,
> I have just set up a new dovecot server with Dovecot 2.2.5. When I 
> create a new user and try to authenticate I get the following error
> Sep 03 14:33:38 imap(test2): Error: user test2: Initialization failed: 
> Initializing mail storage from mail_location setting failed: 
> mkdir(/home/user/apps/var/mail/imap/test2/mailboxes) failed: 
> Permission denied (euid=503(imapd) egid=503(imapd) missing +w perm: 
> /home/user/apps/var/mail, we're not in group 502(dovecot), dir owned 
> by 502:502 mode=0775)
> Sep 03 14:33:38 imap(test2): Error: Invalid user settings. Refer to 
> server log for more information.
> imapd is in the dovecot group and here are the permissions
> [user at MB1 logs]$ ll /home/user/apps/var/
> total 4
> drwxrwxr-x 4 dovecot dovecot 4096 Sep  3 14:35 mail
> [user at MB1 logs]$ id imapd
> uid=503(imapd) gid=503(imapd) groups=503(imapd),500(user),502(dovecot)
> if I su - imapd and then run mkdir -p 
> /home/user/apps/var/mail/imap/test2/mailboxes
> everything starts working and the user can log in.  Isn't Dovecot 
> supposed to be able to create these?

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