DOVECOT(1) Dovecot DOVECOT(1)
dovecot - a secure and highly configurable IMAP and POP3 server
dovecot [-Fp] [-c config-file]
dovecot -a [-c config-file]
dovecot -n [-c config-file]
Dovecot is an open source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written with
security primarily in mind. Dovecot is an excellent choice for both small and large
installations. It's fast, simple to set up, requires no special administration and it
uses very little memory.
-a Dump all configuration settings to stdout and exit successfully. The same as dove-
Start dovecot with an alternative configuration.
-F Run dovecot in foreground, do not daemonize.
-n Dump non-default settings to stdout and exit successfully. The same as dove-
-p Prompt for the ssl key password for the configured ssl_key on startup.
Show Dovecot's build options and exit successfully.
--help Print a usage message to stdout and exit successfully.
Shows the current host.domain name of the system. If the domain lookup should fail
for some reason, only the hostname will be shown.
Show Dovecot's version and exit successfully.
reload Force dovecot to reload its configuration.
stop Shutdown dovecot and all its child processes.
When shutdown_clients is set to no, existing sessions will continue to use the old set-
tings, after a dovecot reload. Also all sessions will keep alive after a dovecot stop.
By default all active sessions will be shut down.
Dovecot handles the following signals as described:
HUP Force dovecot to reload its configuration.
INT Shutdown dovecot and all its child processes.
TERM Shutdown dovecot and all its child processes.
USR1 Force dovecot to reopen all configured log files (log_path, info_log_path and
The signals ALARM and PIPE are ignored.
Dovecot's main configuration file.
Dovecot's LDAP authdb/userdb module configuration file.
Dovecot's SQL authdb/userdb module configuration file.
Dovecot's dict configuration with SQL-backend.
Configuration files of different authentication modules.
Configuration files of different services and settings.
Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List <dovecot@dove-
cot.org>. Information about reporting bugs is available at: http://dovecot.org/bugre-
Dovecot <http://dovecot.org> and its manual pages were written by the Dovecot authors
<http://dovecot.org/doc/AUTHORS>, mainly Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi>, and are licensed
under the terms of the MIT and LGPLv2.1 licenses, see <http://dovecot.org/doc/COPYING> for
doveadm(1), doveconf(1), dovecot-lda(1), dsync(1)
Dovecot v2.2 2013-08-06 DOVECOT(1)