permission denied / var/imap

frank joseph vze2gz6q at
Wed Nov 19 09:23:16 EST 2003

Hello. I posted yesterday under the subject of  "mkimap failure", but did
not receive
any responses. This is my first time posting to any group and if I have done
wrong, I apologize. Please let me know what it is so that I don't repeat it.
Below is a
more concise description of my problem. I would appreciate it if anyone
would be
kind enough to respond.

packages installed:


Everything compiles fine. When I su to cyrus and run "tools/mkimap",
I can see the return is incorrect:

 cyrus at ilumina:/usr/local/src/cyrus-imapd-2.1.15/tools$ ./mkimap

. will configure directory /var/imap
. saw partition /var/spool/imap
...ating /var/imap
 at (eval 1) line

This is a fresh install of Slackware-9.1. No permissions other than what
is required in the manual have been changed. Running Strace on mkimap
shows the following:

reading configure"/etc/imapd.conf", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 4
ioctl(4, SNDCTL_TMR_TIMEBASE, 0xbffff600) = -1 ENOTTY (Inappropriate ioctl
for device)
_llseek(4, 0, [0], SEEK_CUR)            = 0
fstat64(4, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=155, ...}) = 0
fcntl64(4, F_SETFD, FD_CLOEXEC)         = 0
brk(0)                                  = 0x814d000
brk(0x814e000)                          = 0x814e000
write(1, "reading configure file...\n", 26reading configure file...
) = 26
brk(0)                                  = 0x814e000
brk(0x814f000)                          = 0x814f000
read(4, "configdirectory: /var/imap\r\npart"..., 4096) = 155
.rite(1, "i will configure directory /var/"..., 39i will configure directory
) = 39
.rite(1, "i saw partition /var/spool/imap\r"..., 34i saw partition
) = 34
read(4, "", 4096)                       = 0
write(1, "done\n", 5done
)                   = 5
close(4)                                = 0
...te(1, "creating /var/imap\r...\n", 23creating /var/imap
) = 23
", 0755)               = -1 EACCES (Permission denied)
")                     = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
 at (eval 1) line 91.hange to /var/imap\r at"..., 51couldn't change to
) = 51
close(3)                                = 0
exit_group(2)                           = ?
If cyrus owns /var/imap with privileges of 750, and mkimap is being
run by cyrus, how could write permissions be denied?

Thanks Again


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