new install, error when connecting, "BYE Fatal Error: can't write proc file"

Derrick J Brashear shadow at
Tue May 24 01:44:32 EDT 2005

On Mon, 23 May 2005, Mark Nernberg wrote:

> Ok.  I got the issues with compile_et & com_err worked out (by
> specifying --with-com-err=/usr/local/dist/cyrus-imapd-2.2.10 in
> ./configure).
> Now that its compiled, I need to test it (duh!).
> When connecting via telnet to localhost 143, I get the following:
> # telnet localhost 143
> Trying
> Connected to localhost.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> * BYE Fatal error: can't write proc file
> Connection closed by foreign host.
> Having Googled this, I noted that there is a prior posting to the list
> (from Dec.2004), but it went unanswered.

The directory where proc files are written (which is a subdirectory of 
configdirectory as specified in imapd.conf, named proc) is presumably not 
writable to the cyrus user. It should be owned by the cyrus user, not 
root, and of at least mode 755, but perhaps better mode 700.

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