View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dovecot POP3 authentication

Michael R
May 1st, 2008, 01:44 AM
I'm feeling pretty stuck, I have setup ubuntu with LAMP using postfix and dovecot for the mail services. I can't get the pop3 server to authenticate me in my mail.log during dovecot startup I noticed I get

[Apr 30 20:28:11 Pserver dovecot: Dovecot v1.0.5 starting up
Apr 30 20:28:11 Pserver dovecot: auth(default): APOP mechanism can't be supported with given passdbs
Apr 30 20:28:11 Pserver dovecot: Auth process died too early - shutting down
Apr 30 20:28:11 Pserver dovecot: child 5604 (auth) returned error 89

I used the guide at http://www.mysql-apache-php.com/ to help get me going as I am pretty new to linux.
my dovecot.conf files segment that has auth default looks like this
auth default {
mechanisms = plain login
passdb passwd {
userdb passwd {
socket listen {
client {
path =/var/spool/postfix/private/auth
mode = 0660
user = postfix
group = postfix

I understand that it isn't seeing a password file to authenticate users against? first, am I right? second.. I'm kinda lost on how to fix it. a little nudge in the right direction should help me get it going

thanks everyone