Wheezy Dovecot workarounds

Alex JOST jost+lists at dimejo.at
Tue Jun 24 07:35:14 UTC 2014

Am 23.06.2014 19:56, schrieb Steve Litt:
> Hi all,
> In switching from Ubuntu to Debian Wheezy (7.5 64bit, network install),
> I'm finding some surprises in getting Dovecot to work.
> As installed, the package manager doesn't give you the dovecot
> executable.
> To install the dovecot executable, you need to follow these
> instructions:
> http://wiki2.dovecot.org/HowTo/DebianStable
> Even when you install Dovecot, it doesn't work, as evidenced by the
> inability of a local email client to talk to it. Further elements of
> the symptom are that nmap -A -T4 LocalIPAddress, whether LocalIPAddress
> is the IP of eth0, or, fails to find any open ports. Telnet
> can't operate dovecot at port 143, and openssl can't operate it at 993.
> However, bizarrly, executing these same commands on a remote machine
> into the original machine (including accessing the machine's Dovecot
> from an email client) work perfectly.
> To "solve" this problem, do the following raindance as root:
> ifdown lo
> ifup lo
> After the raindance, local access to Dovecot works perfectly, and all
> nmap commands perform as expected.
> LOL, hey man, don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.
> SteveT
> Steve Litt                *  http://www.troubleshooters.com/
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I've just checked with a fresh installation and it's working flawlessly 
on my server. Dovecot is started after installation and listening.


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