Could Someone Explain the Dovecot Issue?

Alexander Dalloz ad+lists at
Sun Jan 16 15:25:36 UTC 2005

Am So, den 16.01.2005 schrieb David Cary Hart um 15:57:

> I awoke this morning to find that our server would not allow access to
> my mailbox. Coffee, Google and MUCH more coffee with an SSH chaser and I
> got it fixed by adding "mail_extra_groups = mail" to dovecot.conf.
> That said, what did this do, what did it fix and why did this
> (presumably) emerge with an update?

Please see "2. dovecot.conf should default to fcntl locking" in

Something obviously went wrong with the dovecot update (unfortunately no
announce mail available for this package).

"mail_extra_groups = mail" works because

$ ls -ld /var/spool/mail/ /var/spool/mail/adalloz
drwxrwxr-x  3 root    mail     4096 16. Jan 14:55 /var/spool/mail/
-rw-rw----  1 adalloz mail 11036600 16. Jan 13:18

system account mail group owns the mail spool and the users' mbox files.


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