dovecot unable to create files in /var/mail

Bug #1393403 reported by Andy on 2014-11-17
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
dovecot (Debian)
dovecot (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

User dovecot is not part of the mail group, so cannot create files in /var/mail

Ubuntu server 14.04.1 new install
dovecot installed from tasksel
dovecot-imapd package version 2.2.9-1ubuntu2.1
same version for dovecot-core

Andy (u-andy) wrote :

The fix is to add postfix to the mail group in /etc/group
For example


However this should be done by the package install script

Andy (u-andy) on 2014-11-17
no longer affects: postfix (Ubuntu)
summary: - postfix unable to create files in /var/mail
+ dovecot unable to create files in /var/mail
description: updated
Andy (u-andy) wrote :

I meant dovecot, not postfix. My bad.

Working on too many systems at once.

Changed in dovecot (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Robie Basak (racb) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.

Importance -> Medium as there is a workaround available.

Without further research I can't confirm that this is definitely the right thing to do by default for all users. Unfortunately this is a change that can't be unwound easily, so I'd really prefer to see the bug resolved in Debian first unless it can be confirmed for certain that this is the right thing to do in Ubuntu. I'll add this to the server team's backlog, but I'm not sure we'll get to it soon.

Changed in dovecot (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
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