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       dovecot - An IMAP and POP3 mail server


       dovecot [options]


       dovecot is a POP3 and IMAP mail server that can work with standard mbox
       and maildir formats.  It is fully compatible with UW-IMAP  and  Courier
       IMAP  servers as well as mail clients accessing the mailboxes directly.

       dovecot can be setup to authenticate against LDAP,  Postgres  or  MySQL
       databases, but by default authentication is with PAM(7).

       dovecot  is  normally  started  during  the  system boot, and runs as a
       background process but it can also be run  through  inetd(8).   In  the
       latter       case,       the       /usr/lib/dovecot/imap-login       or
       /usr/lib/dovecot/pop3-login   binaries    are    run    directly    not
       /usr/sbin/dovecot .

       dovecot will log all of its activities according to syslog.


       -c <config file>
                   This option changes the default configuration file in which
                   dovecot looks for its configuration.

       -F          dovecot will run in the foreground, and it will  still  log
                   to syslog.

       --version   Print version information and exits.


                   Default configuration file.

                   Additional configuration for LDAP based authentication.

                   Additional configuration for database based authentication.

                   Location of dovecot modules.


       dovecot is split into three packages:

       ·   dovecot-common contains files used by both servers

       ·   dovecot-imapd contains the IMAP server

       ·   dovecot-pop3d contains the POP3 server


       Timo Sirainen <>


       Copyright (c) 2001-2002 Timo Sirainen

       Dovecot is mostly licensed under the terms of the LGPL v2.1.   See  the
       file COPYING in the source distribution for exceptions.

       This  man  page is copyright (c) 2004 by Kai Hendry <> who
       wrote it for Debian GNU/Linux.  It may be freely used by  others  under
       the terms of the BSD license.


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