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= Intended Audience =
While dovecot is very easy to setup and run, it is assumed that the administrator have at least a basic understanding of how email works.

Welcome to the Dovecot Wiki

Dovecot Wiki Contents

TableOfContents

Generic information about mail servers

Intended Audience

While dovecot is very easy to setup and run, it is assumed that the administrator have at least a basic understanding of how email works.

Dovecot installation

It's a good idea to start with a simple Dovecot installation to see that everything works. After that you can start changing things one at a time, so if you run into trouble you know immediately where the problem is.

If you're in a hurry and you already know enough about mail servers, QuickConfiguration may be more helpful to you instead.

  1. Installing
    • [:CompilingSource:Compiling from sources]

    • [:PrebuiltBinaries:Installing prebuilt binaries]

  2. [:FindMailLocation:Checking where mail is delivered to]

  3. [:BasicConfiguration:Configuring Dovecot]

  4. [:RunningDovecot:Running Dovecot]

  5. ["Logging"]
  6. [:TestInstallation:Testing that everything works]

  7. [:FinishBasicConfiguration:Finishing the test installation]

Dovecot configuration

  • Starting guidelines
    • [:SystemUsers:System users]

    • [:VirtualUsers:Virtual users]

    • [:UserIds:System users used by Dovecot]

  • [:Authentication:Authentication configuration]

    • [:PasswordDatabase:Password databases]

    • [:UserDatabase:User databases]

    • [:Authentication/MultipleDatabases:Multiple authentication databases]

    • [:Authentication/Kerberos:Kerberos]

    • [:Authentication/RestrictAccess:Restricting users' access]

    • [:PasswordDatabase/ExtraFields:Special authentication features]

    • [:Authentication/MasterUsers:Master users]

    • [:Authentication/Caching:Caching]

  • [:MailLocation:Mailbox location configuration]

    • [:MailLocation/LocalDisk:Mails stored in local disk]

    • [:MailLocation/SharedDisk:Mails stored in shared filesystem] (["NFS"], clustered FS)

    • [:MailLocation/Maildir:Maildir configuration]

    • [:MailLocation/Mbox:Mbox configuration]

    • ["Namespaces"]
    • [:SharedMailboxes:Shared mailboxes]

  • [:LoginProcess:Login processes and their settings]

  • ["SSL"] settings and certificate creation
  • ["Plugins"]
    • ["Quota"]
    • [:ACL:Access Control Lists] (ACLs)

  • [:POP3Server:Dovecot as a POP3 server]
  • [:LDA:Dovecot's local delivery agent]

  • [:PostLoginScripting:Post-login scripting]

HOWTOs, examples and tutorials

  • [:HowTo:HOWTOs, examples and tutorials] for different installations

  • [:DovecotServerInstallations:Existing Dovecot installations]

Migration from existing systems

  • [:Migration:From other IMAP/POP3 servers]

    • [:MissingMailboxes:My mailboxes are lost after migrating to Dovecot!]

  • [:UpgradingDovecot:Upgrading from Dovecot 0.99.x to 1.0]

  • [:Migration/MailFormat:Converting between mailbox formats] (mbox <-> Maildir, etc.)

Troubleshooting

  • [:WhyDoesItNotWork:Why doesn't Dovecot work?]

  • [:Logging:Finding the error message from logs]

  • [:Debugging/Authentication:Debugging authentication]

  • [:Debugging/ProcessTracing:Process tracing] is useful when Dovecot seems slow or hangs completely

  • [:MboxProblems:mbox errors and crashes]

  • [:Clients:Client issues and configuration]

    • [:Clients/NegativeUIDs:Negative UIDs / message sets]

    • [:Debugging/Thunderbird:Debugging using Thunderbird's logging]

  • [:TimeMovedBackwards:"Time moved backwards" error]

  • [http://dovecot.org/bugreport.html Sending bug reports], debugging crashes and sniffing network traffic

Tuning

  • [:PerformanceTuning:Performance tuning]

  • [:SecurityTuning:Security tuning]

    • ["Chrooting"]

Reference

  • [:MainConfig:Full configuration file reference] (automatically updated from dovecot-example.conf)

  • [:CommandLine:Command line arguments]

  • [:Design:Dovecot's design]

    • ["Authentication Protocol"]
  • [:Clients:Client issues and configuration]

Misc

  • [:CoreFeatures:Current features and roadmap] / [:DovecotFeatures:another features page] (These need to be merged somehow)

  • ["Testimonials"]
  • [:Iptables:Listening on Additional Ports] using: IP Tables or socat

  • OrphanedPages (that are not linked to by other pages)

  • QuestionsAndAnswers (the contents of this page should mostly be moved elsewhere)

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