Replication .dovecot-sync.lock

Hans-Werner Paulsen hans at MPA-Garching.MPG.DE
Fri Oct 24 13:16:12 UTC 2014

Hello all,
I have set up two servers with dovecot and replication. The mail location is
mail_location = sdbox:/var/spool/mail/%u
Everything works fine when I override the homedirectories
userdb {
  driver = passwd
  override_fields = home=/var/spool/mail/%u
But, when I do not override the homedirectories, replication does not work,
and the following error is logged:
Oct 24 14:40:45 dsync-local(hans): Error: Couldn't create lock /afs/mpa/home/hans/.dovecot-sync.lock: Permission denied

With a self-written module an IMAP user can get access to his homedirectory:
protocol imap {
  mail_plugins = afsToken
The user has to type in his password. Obviously this does not work for
Is there a way to specify a different location for the lockfile?
Isn't better to use the maildirectory but the homedirectory?
Is there a way to set the homedirectory differently for replication?

Thank you for any help.

Hans-Werner Paulsen		hans at MPA-Garching.MPG.DE
MPI für Astrophysik		Tel 089-30000-2602
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