Testing validity of Dovecot config in a script

Aki Tuomi aki.tuomi at open-xchange.com
Sat Nov 24 17:04:12 EET 2018

> On 24 November 2018 at 16:45 Ralph Seichter <m16+dovecot at monksofcool.net> wrote:
> While trying to determine a given configuration is valid from within a
> script, I found that the following works with Dovecot version
>   #!/usr/bin/env bash
>   doveconf -n >/dev/null || echo "Config is invalid"
> However, the return code is not documented in the doveconf manual page,
> and I wonder if the observed behaviour can be relied on? Is this the
> recommended method to test configuration validity?
> Personally, I'd like to have a dedicated call available. Something like
>   # Proposal: "-t" for "test config"
>   doveconf -t [-c config-file]
> with documented return codes would be ideal.
> -Ralph

doveconf will reliably fail if config file cannot be parsed. It will not catch all possible misconfigurations, but it will catch most. Particularly plugin settings are not validated.


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