setting up IMAP users

Craig White craigwhite at
Tue Nov 1 20:08:39 EST 2005

On Tue, 2005-11-01 at 15:02 -0500, Nick Smith wrote:
> im currently a new user of cyrus, im very familiar with courier as
> thats what ive always used in the past for mail servers.  im currently
> using SLES9 and that distro uses cyrus, it doesnt seem to be
> automagiclly making the users mail folders, there is a directory under
> the root home folder called Mail which seems to have the correct
> folders but i cannot login to that account via IMAP for some reason.
> And the command line tool isnt exactly user friendly, i tried "cyradm
> -auth localhost" and i get a cyrus prompt, then i type cm 'user' and i
> get "no connection to server" if i dont use the "-auth" i get a
> segment fault.  ive pretty much narrowed down the problem to cyrus and
> the mail directories not being there.  is there any help you can give
> me to get this working?  i am looking into your web admin program,
> hopefully that will work once the web server comes online.
> thanks for any and all replies.
I am familiar with where the bodies are buried on RHEL no SuSE but
should be similar

mail on my system is all within 1 tree as described in /etc/imapd.conf
and in my case... /var/spool/imap

any files in user directories belong to something else.

also, administrators in imapd.conf should be cyrus and you should have a
known password for cyrus.

as for logging in to cyradm and using cyradm, I tend to use

su - cyrus -c '/usr/lib/cyrus-imapd/cyradm localhost'

to connect and then to create a mailbox...

cm user.craig

Again, I don't know where things lay out in SuSE install but my guess is
that it would be somewhat similar and you can check the man pages...most

man imapd.conf
man saslauthd


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