ERR: USER command only available under a layer

Ken Murchison ken at
Wed Aug 27 08:25:18 EDT 2003

Christian Cernuschi wrote:

> i'm setting an imap server under gentoo but i get this error
> what does it mean?

It means that you have allowplaintext:no set in imapd.conf, which 
disables and plaintext authentication mechanism (either protocol 
specific or PLAIN/LOGIN) unless protected by an external layer (eg. 

> lyra root # telnet localhost 110
> Trying
> Connected to localhost.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> +OK lyra Cyrus POP3 v2.1.12 server ready <1210328575.1061987199 at lyra>
> user prova
> -ERR [AUTH] USER command only available under a layer

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