dovecot [-Fp] [-c config-file]
dovecot -a [-c config-file]
dovecot -n [-c config-file]
Dovecot is an open source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like sys-
tems, written with security primarily in mind. Dovecot is an excellent
choice for both small and large installations. It's fast, simple to
set up, requires no special administration and it uses very little mem-
-a Dump all configuration settings to stdout and exit successfully.
The same as doveconf -a.
Start dovecot with an alternative configuration.
-F Run dovecot in foreground, do not daemonize.
-n Dump non-default settings to stdout and exit successfully. The
same as doveconf -n.
-p Prompt for the ssl key password for the configured ssl_key on
Show Dovecot's build options and exit successfully.
--help Print a usage message to stdout and exit successfully.
Show Dovecot's version and exit successfully.
reload Force dovecot to reload its configuration.
stop Shutdown dovecot and all its child processes.
When shutdown_clients is set to no, existing sessions will continue to
use the old settings, after a dovecot reload. Also all sessions will
keep alive after a dovecot stop.
By default all active sessions will be shut down.
Dovecot handles the following signals as described:
Dovecot's main configuration file.
Dovecot's LDAP authdb/userdb module configuration file.
Dovecot's SQL authdb/userdb module configuration file.
Dovecot's dict configuration with SQL-backend.
Configuration files of different authentication modules.
Configuration files of different services and settings.
Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. Information about reporting bugs is available
Dovecot <http://dovecot.org> and its manual pages were written by the
Dovecot authors <http://dovecot.org/doc/AUTHORS>, mainly Timo Sirainen
<tss at iki.fi>, and are licensed under the terms of the MIT and
LGPLv2.1 licenses, see <http://dovecot.org/doc/COPYING> for details.
doveadm(1), doveconf(1), dovecot-lda(1), dsync(1)
Dovecot v2.0 2010-07-02 DOVECOT(1)
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