Problems with sieveshell

Craig White craigwhite at
Mon Nov 14 09:59:07 EST 2005

On Mon, 2005-11-14 at 13:13 +0000, James Davis wrote:
> Having a few problems here, I hope this is the correct mailing list.
> Please feel free to have a laugh at me if it's not (and point me in the
> correct direction) :-)
> I'm a new Cyrus administrator, very new. This is my first install and
> I've picked Cyrus as it should be fairly easy to integrate it with GOsa
> which I hope to use to manage accounts.
> I'm installing on Debian, using the Debian supplied packages. I followed
> the instructions supplied with README.Debian.simpleinstall.gz. I've
> created an admin user, cyrus with which I'm able to login using both
> cyradm and imtest. So far so good.
> I entered the details into my GOsa configuration put it complains with
> an error:
> Can't log into SIEVE server. Server says ".
> I figure that there's a problem with my configuration of sieve
> somewhere. I attempt to use sieveshell using the cyrus user that
> successfully works as described above.
> cressida:/var/lib/cyrus# sieveshell -u cyrus localhost
> It prompts me for my password but despite having entered it several
> times I can't log in. The following appears in my logs.
> /var/log/syslog:Nov 13 22:29:55 cressida cyrus/timsieved[25646]:
> badlogin: localhost.localdomain[] DIGEST-MD5 authentication failure
> /var/log/syslog:Nov 13 22:29:56 cressida cyrus/timsieved[25646]:
> badlogin: localhost.localdomain[] NTLM authentication failure
> /var/log/syslog:Nov 13 22:29:58 cressida cyrus/timsieved[25646]:
> badlogin: localhost.localdomain[] LOGIN authentication failure
> /var/log/syslog:Nov 13 22:30:00 cressida cyrus/timsieved[25646]:
> badlogin: localhost.localdomain[] PLAIN authentication failure
> /var/log/syslog:Nov 13 22:30:02 cressida cyrus/timsieved[25646]:
> badlogin: localhost.localdomain[] CRAM-MD5 authentication failure
> When I telnet to the sieve service I get the following text if it's of
> any use.
> cressida:/usr/share/doc# telnet localhost sieve
> Trying
> Connected to localhost.localdomain.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> "IMPLEMENTATION" "Cyrus timsieved v2.1.18-IPv6-Debian-2.1.18-1"
> "SIEVE" "fileinto reject envelope vacation imapflags notify subaddress
> relational regex"
> OK
> Any ideas what I can do to fix this problem? I'm *not* looking for help
> with GOsa specifically but there seems to be a problem with sieve and if
> I can that fixed perhaps I can get to the bottom of the problems I have
> with GOsa :-)
I haven't been able to log in to sieveshell as cyrus either but I
suspect that's because I have never created a mailbox for any cyrus user
and sieveshell doesn't seem to have much meaning for the user cyrus.

sieveshell -u craig -a craig localhost 

works for me...


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