Sample launchd plist file
This file is for MacOS X 10.4 only. For 10.3 and earlier StartupItems must be used.
Save it under /Library/LaunchDaemons/ with .plist extension (for example org.dovecot.dovecot.plist according to the naming conventions used by apple and other vendors). The ownership should be root:wheel.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Label</key> <string>org.dovecot</string> <key>OnDemand</key> <false/> <key>ProgramArguments</key> <array> <string>/usr/local/sbin/dovecot</string> <string>-F</string> </array> <key>RunAtLoad</key> <true/> <key>ServiceDescription</key> <string>Dovecot mail server</string> </dict> </plist>
If dovecot is not started as a foreground process, launchd will keep restarting it until the "No authentication sockets found" error message shows up in the logs and further logins are denied.