Vinod Kurup

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Jul 5, 2003 - 1 minute read - Comments - sysadmin mail

More Mail Woes

I spent most of this afternoon struggling with a mail issue and I didn’t find it documented well anywhere else, so I’m going to write about it here in the hopes that it might help someone else.

What I was trying to do: Setup qmail + vpopmail + courier imap for imap and pop3d

Problem I was having: For some users, checking POP3 mail would work for a while (about 5 minutes), but then would fail:

      Jul  5 00:30:34 vkurup pop3d: LOGIN FAILED, ip=[::ffff:]
      Jul  5 00:30:34 vkurup pop3d: Disconnected, ip=[::ffff:]

The failure would only happen for users who had vpopmail accounts and shell accounts. Users who have only vpopmail accounts were fine.

Eventually, after much searching, I found this message which advised to configure courier-imap with --without-authdaemon. This solved my problem.

According to the author of courier-imap, this problem is solved in newer versions of vpopmail, but he mentions version 5.3.38 and I could only find version 5.3.20, so I didn’t try that fix.

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