Newbie Cyrus Configuration

Norris Ward nappy_d at
Sat Aug 2 16:51:15 EDT 2003

Hi all,
	OK, so I have installed and started cyrus-imapd onto my redhat box.  I have
then edited the imapd.conf file and added an additional user as an admin.  I
am being stupid now..(I think) because I am unable to login via web-cyradm
interface or via the cyradm command line over telnet, via telnet, here is
the error message I receive.  Can someone tell me what I may have missed?

[nward at www nward]$ cyradm localhost
IMAP Password:
              Login failed: generic failure at
86-linux/Cyrus/IMAP/ line 118
cyradm: cannot authenticate to server with  as nward

-----Original Message-----
From: Wil Cooley [mailto:wcooley at]
Sent: July 26, 2003 3:41 PM
To: Norris Ward
Cc: cyrus info
Subject: Re: Newbie Cyrus Configuration

On Sat, 2003-07-26 at 12:16, Norris Ward wrote:
> Hi all,
>             I am new to cyrus imap but I can navigate my way around RedHat
> 7.3 fairly well.  I want to reconfigure my email server away from
> Where does cyrus-imap store it’s config files?

Typically, /etc/{config,imapd}.conf.  If you're using RH, use Simon
Matter's RPMs at  He has RPMs built for
7.2 and 8/9.  I've rebuilt them on 7.3 and they're available at  Note that I have a couple
different options set by default than he does.

You'll also need Cyrus-SASL 2, for which he also has 7.2 RPMs and I have
re-built them on 7.3.

> Also from my readings of the
> cyrus info, I would like to clarify this: can  cyrus read the pam_db of my
> system to authenticate users that already exist?

Yes, but this is Cyrus SASL's job, not Cyrus IMAP's.

> Also can cyrus be
> configured to store users’ mail files in their ~home dirs?

No.  Cyrus IMAP uses it's own database mailbox storage, which cannot be
directly accessed by mail clients.  If this is a problem and you don't
need the enterprise capabilities Cyrus provides, I'd suggest you look
into Dovecot.

Wil Cooley                                 wcooley at
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