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       dovecot - secure mail server that supports mbox and maildir mailboxes


       dovecot [options]


       dovecot  is  a  mail  server whose major goals are security and extreme
       reliability. It tries very hard to  handle  all  error  conditions  and
       verify that all data is valid, making it nearly impossible to crash. It
       should also be pretty fast, extensible, and portable.


       -F Start dovecot as foreground process (otherwise: start as daemon)

       -p Ask for private SSL key password

       -a Dump configuration and exit; this includes doing a syntax check

       -n Dump all non-default configuration items and exit

       -c <config-file>
              Use <config-file>  as  path  to  the  configuration  instead  of

       --version Print version and exit

       --build-options Print build options and exit

       --exec-mail <protocol> [<section>] Start protocol from section


       Killing  the  Dovecot  master  process with a normal TERM signal does a
       clean shutdown.

       To  reload  the  configuration  files, you can send a HUP signal to the
       dovecot process; an acknowledgement is written to log file.

       If  you  specified  log  file paths manually in dovecot.conf instead of
       using syslog, you can send the USR1 signal to the  dovecot  process  to
       make it close and reopen the log files.


       dovecot was written by Timo Sirainen <>.

       This manual page was written by Fabio Tranchitella <>,
       for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

                                 4 August 2007