Question wrt. dovecot replicator

Remko Lodder remko at
Fri Oct 3 21:27:08 UTC 2014

On 02 Oct 2014, at 10:57, Teemu Huovila <teemu.huovila at> wrote:

> On 10/02/2014 02:40 AM, Remko Lodder wrote:
>> and a mail_replica = tcp:host{a,b}:12346 configuration on each host so that they are pointing to eachother; This seems to work fine for most accounts, for example: I never experienced issues with this. However, several other accounts (with a large variety of clients) got duplicated emails. Looking with doveadm I only noticed that the numbers of the messages are closely related to eachother but one number incremented. So they cannot be deleted with the deduplicator function.
>> The replication is provided over TCP only, the connection streams over an OpenVPN tunnel so that the contents are protected, the machines are located in different Datacenters but close to eachother.
>> How can I determine why there are duplicated emails?
>> What kind of messages should I specifically look for?
> Look for any errors and warnings in the Dovecot log. You could also enable mail_debug (ref.
> for the accounts being synced. Also, please post your complete configuration.

I will set that over the weekend with the replication settings re-enabled. I will also post the configuration with the hopefully gathered debugging information.

>> Can I set this up for a few selected accounts instead of all accounts like it was currently? To make sure I do not make things worse for others then needs to be :-)
>> The service had been disabled for the time being to prevent the other users from getting duplicated emails.
> I do not know what kind of userdb you are running, but there is a newish patch that enables per user replication via the
> mail_replica setting. It is not yet included in the newest (2.2.13) release of Dovecot, but is available via the enterprise
> version. There are no FreeBSD builds for that, though. ref:

my userdb consists of local users (Which are fed through LDAP at the backend). perhaps I can setup a mailAttributes setting or something so that the replica can be
set, although I prefer that I have control over that in the config itself :-)


> br,
> Teemu Huovila


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