Weblog entry #208 for ajt

Dovecot Misery
Posted by ajt on Thu 6 Jun 2013 at 22:18
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Even though I knew that there were issues with upgrading Dovecot from Debian 6.x to 7.x I upgraded my server this week. It installed a zillion Dovecot things and it refused to complete the install until I'd actually removed the and then installed them manually.

When I tried to connect from KMail it worked fine (new certificate obviously). Today when I tried from Mutt it wouldn't let me change my inbox. I had a look on the Dovecot web site and tried a few things. Now I can't actually make Dovecot start, the init script runs but only one binary is loaded into memory and it doesn't work. I've purged it twice and manually removed every file I could find but even so a full normal install and it just won't start. No errors but just doesn't do anything...

I think it's the first time a standard package has broken on a Debian upgrade, since I started with Woody. I won't be upgrading my main email server now until I figure out what on earth is going on!

UPDATE: It has started to work all on it's own, I've not changed anything and I now have no idea why it didn't work and no idea why it's now working...

 

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Posted by Anonymous (94.246.xx.xx) on Sat 26 Oct 2013 at 10:43
I tried to upgrade to 7.0 as well, and it broke my Dovecot install. And I'm wondering if this has been fixed since May. And to my suprise, my backup and I returned to Squueze.

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Posted by ajt (92.25.xx.xx) on Mon 28 Oct 2013 at 17:41
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I wish I knew why it didn't work and why it's working now, it's not as if I did anything other than the upgrade. As a result I've not yet upgraded my hosted server because I don't want to go through the pain again...

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