dovecot


SYNOPSIS
       dovecot [-Fp] [-c config-file]
       dovecot -a [-c config-file]
       dovecot -n [-c config-file]
       dovecot --build-options
       dovecot --help
       dovecot --version
       dovecot reload
       dovecot stop

DESCRIPTION
       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-
       ory.

OPTIONS
       -a     Dump all configuration settings to stdout and exit successfully.
              The same as doveconf -a.

       -c config-file
              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
              startup.

       --build-options
              Show Dovecot's build options and exit successfully.

       --help Print a usage message to stdout and exit successfully.

       --version
              Show Dovecot's version and exit successfully.

COMMANDS
       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.

SIGNALS
       Dovecot handles the following signals as described:

       /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
              Dovecot's main configuration file.

       /etc/dovecot/dovecot-ldap.conf.ext
              Dovecot's LDAP authdb/userdb module configuration file.

       /etc/dovecot/dovecot-sql.conf.ext
              Dovecot's SQL authdb/userdb module configuration file.

       /etc/dovecot/dovecot-dict-sql.conf.ext
              Dovecot's dict configuration with SQL-backend.

       /etc/dovecot/conf.d/auth-*-conf.ext
              Configuration files of different authentication modules.

       /etc/dovecot/conf.d/*.conf
              Configuration files of different services and settings.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report  bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List
       <dovecot@dovecot.org>.  Information about reporting bugs  is  available
       at: http://dovecot.org/bugreport.html

AUTHOR
       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.

SEE ALSO
       doveadm(1), doveconf(1), dovecot-lda(1), dsync(1)



Dovecot v2.0                      2010-07-02                        DOVECOT(1)
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