>Cyrus IMAP on Hardy Heron

>So you’ve just installed cyrus imap on Hardy Heron and you can’t seem to connect. You try a test telnet session and get

icottee@ijcdev:~$ telnet localhost 143
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
* BYE Fatal error: can't write proc file
Connection closed by foreign host.

Take a look in /var/log/mail.err and you’ll see stuff like

May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/imap[8316]: DBERROR: dbenv->open '/var/lib/cyrus/db' failed: Permission denied
May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/imap[8316]: DBERROR: init() on berkeley
May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/imap[8316]: DBERROR: reading /var/lib/cyrus/db/skipstamp, assuming the worst: Permission denied
May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/imap[8316]: locking disabled: couldn't open socket lockfile /var/lib/cyrus/socket/imap-1.lock: Permission denied
May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/imap[8316]: IOERROR: creating /var/lib/cyrus/proc/8316: Permission denied
May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/imap[8316]: Fatal error: can't write proc file
May 19 22:13:15 ijcdev cyrus/master[8260]: process 8316 exited, signaled to death by 11

The solution is simple

chown -R cyrus /var/lib/cyrus

I’d give cyrus a restart after that as well.


  • 1
    Roger Lancefield
    May 20, 2008 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    >Phew, given the problems some people have been having with Hardy, when I got to the line:

    “The solution is simple”

    I half expected to see following:

    “Re-install gutsy”.


  • 2
    May 22, 2008 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    >Thanks, the post was very useful.
    Suggestion: Change the group also

    chown -R cyrus:mail /var/lib/cyrus

  • 3
    June 2, 2008 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    >another good idea is to

    chown -R cyrus:mail /var/spool/cyrus


  • 4
    August 25, 2008 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    >Also I needed to do:

    chown -R cyrus:mail /var/spool/sieve/

    in order to use avelsieve through squirrelmail.


  • 5
    marco giardini
    August 26, 2008 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    >i’m new on imapd server. I have created some user (login users witha a shell) but now the system tells me the pass is not correct.
    cyrus/imap[8016]: badlogin: host.domain.com [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] plaintext roger SASL(-13): user not found: checkpass failed

    what shall i do?

  • 6
    January 2, 2010 - 6:17 am | Permalink

    >Thanks! It was helpful!


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