[Dovecot] Crash in 2.0.8 dovecot/imap - information capture

Tom Talpey tmtalpey at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 17:51:32 EET 2010

My dovecot logs revealed a crash in the dovecot/imap process a few
days ago. It appears to have dereferenced 0x00000004 in the storage
shared lib. Unfortunately, I didn't get a core and I'm not sure how
to reproduce it. Dovecot 2.0.8 on linux32.

Two questions:

1) How can I be sure I get a core next time? I think it's because I
    run dovecot/imap under a mail uid and didn't have write permission
    to the cwd. Any way to verify that was it, and be sure it works?

2) What other settings would provide more info if it happens again?


dovecot.log excerpt:
Dec 10 08:43:53 master: Error: service(imap): child 30862 killed with 
signal 11 (core dumps disabled)
Dec 10 08:43:53 imap-login: Info: Login: user=<xx at yy.com>, method=PLAIN, 
rip=, lip=, mpid=2243

kernel dmesg:
imap[30862]: segfault at 4 ip b772ecd2 sp bfc90f90 error 4 in 

[~] # dovecot -n
# 2.0.8: /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
# OS: Linux i686  ext4
(not sure of exact config at time of crash, will capture next)

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