[Dovecot] dovecot imap permission denied

Daminto Lie dlie76 at yahoo.com.au
Wed Aug 31 09:47:46 EEST 2011

Thanks a lot Timo,

Creating directories for new users is not an issue. It's the permission that makes me headache. I tried the following

sudo chmod o-r /home/$USER
sudo chmod g+rw /home/$USER

It did not work until I did chmod 777 /home.

Is it safe to make home directory with permission 777?


From: Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi>
To: Daminto Lie <dlie76 at yahoo.com.au>
Cc: "dovecot at dovecot.org" <dovecot at dovecot.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 31 August 2011 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Dovecot] dovecot imap permission denied

On Tue, 2011-08-30 at 21:09 -0700, Daminto Lie wrote:

> Aug 31 13:50:57 server1 dovecot: IMAP(mike_lee): mkdir(/home/mike_lee/Maildir/.INBOX.Sent/cur) failed: Permission denied (euid=1004 egid=1003(companyusergroup) missing +w perm: /home)
> What I have tried to do is changing the permission for /home by typing "sudo chmod 755 /home" and this does not work. What does it mean by missing +w perm: /home? and wonder how to get around it?

It means that Dovecot tries to deliver mails to mike_lee's Maildir,
but /home/mike_lee/ directory itself doesn't exist, so Dovecot tries to
create it, but it fails because the process doesn't have write
permissions to /home.

The best way to fix this would be to simply create the user home dirs
with proper permissions before Dovecot ever tries to deliver mails to
the user.

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