problems with imap and imsp installation

Richard Hopkins Richard.Hopkins at
Fri Jun 27 06:20:02 EDT 2003

For Solaris systems (7 and 8; not doing 9 yet) we now routinely install 
(usually Sun packages, but some from source)...


...which tends to make life much easier building other softare.

For Cyrus IMSP you do need SASL v1, but this can be installed alongside 
SASL v2, so you can have your IMAP using v2 and IMSP using v1.

When cofiguring IMSP v1.6a3, you will get an error "cat: cannot open 
./" but can safely ignore this in my experience.


--On Thursday, June 26, 2003 10:53 AM -0500 Ted Fines 
<fines at> wrote:

> Phil,
> The SASL/IMAP/IMSP installation is about as difficult as any I have run
> across.  While the amount of work on Project Cyrus is very impressive,
> thorough documentation of it just doesn't seem to be available.
> If you do manage to get a SASL/IMAP/IMSP installation running, maybe
> you'd care to put together a nice HOW-TO for the rest of us?
> I gave up trying to use the new IMSP that uses SASL.  I simply could not
> get it to compile on ANY platform (Solaris, Linux, FreeBSD were tried).
> I use an older version with a patch that allows it to authenticate to the
> imap server.  Still, the imsp daemon crashed very frequently on Solaris
> 8. I recompiled it -- exactly the same way -- on FreeBSD, and it is very
> stable.
> Just try to get it all working with LDAP too!
> You wrote:
>> Surely, thousands of people must have installed the cyrus imap/imsp
>> combination on  Solaris 8 without anything like this trouble?
> I think that's optimistic.  The number of imsp installations *might* be
> in the triple digits, but I doubt even that.  I have absolutely to
> quantitative data to back up that statement, of course! :)
> You can get autoconf, autoheader, etc. packages from
> <>, but you probably already knew that.
> Ted
> --On Thursday, June 26, 2003 4:26 PM +0100 Phil Chambers
> <P.A.Chambers at> wrote:
>> I have just installed a new Sun box running Solaris 8 and expected that
>> installing  the cyrus IMAP and IMSP packages would be simple!
>> First I installed BerkleyDB.3.3 and Perl and they went OK.
>> Then I picked up cyrus-sasl -2.1.13 and installed that once I sorted out
>> the  --with-... and --disable-... options I needed.  Not too bad.
>> Then cyrus-imapd-2.1.13 and that seemed to install OK, again, once I had
>> sorted out  the configure options I needed.  The IMAP and POP server side
>> seem to run and  respond to telnet connections and imtest worked.
>> I then tried to use cyradm to add some users and that is where it went
>> downhill! I get the following
>> Can't load
>> '/usr/perl5/site_perl/5.005/sun4-solaris/auto/Cyrus/IMAP/' for
>> module Cyrus::IMAP: perl: fatal: relocation error: file
>> /usr/perl5/site_perl/5.005/sun4-solaris/auto/Cyrus/IMAP/ symbol
>> sasl_client_init: referenced symbol not found at
>> /usr/perl5/5.00503/sun4-solaris/ line 169.  at
>> /usr/perl5/site_perl/5.005/sun4-solaris/Cyrus/IMAP/ line 44 BEGIN
>> failed--compilation aborted at
>> /usr/perl5/site_perl/5.005/sun4-solaris/Cyrus/IMAP/ line 44.
>> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at
>> /usr/perl5/site_perl/5.005/sun4-solaris/Cyrus/IMAP/ line 60.
>> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted.
>> As far as I can make out, this is a dynamic library problem, but I have
>> completely  failed to find a cure for it.
>> Help with that will be most welcome.
>> I then moved on to IMSP and downloaded cyrus-imspd-v1.6a3 and tried to
>> build that.   This failed because there is no present!  I
>> looked at v1.5.28 and that  has the same problem.  On further reading I
>> found that both these versions need  version 1.5.x of sasl.  I had just
>> installed 2.1.13 because that is what IMAP needs!  So I downloaded
>> cyrusimsp from cvs to get a version which would work with 2.1.13.   It
>> now seems I need autoconf (and aclocal and autoheader?) before I can make
>> more  progress with that.
>> Will this never end?
>> Surely, thousands of people must have installed the cyrus imap/imsp
>> combination on  Solaris 8 without anything like this trouble?
>> Phil.
>> ---------------------------------------
>> Phil Chambers (postmaster at
>> University of Exeter

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