Linux Restart IMAP Services ( dovecot IMAP server )

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How do I restart dovecot IMAP4 / IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) under RHEL / CentOS / Fedora / Debian / Ubutnu Linux?

The Internet Message Access Protocol is a standard client / server protocol for accessing e-mail from your local server. It will not just retrieve email but view it and manipulate it on the server itself. IMAP4 clients can create, rename, and/or delete mailboxes (usually presented to the user as folders) on the server, and move messages between mailboxes. Multiple mailbox support also allows servers to provide access to shared and public folders.

=> The default IMAP server port number: 143
=> Under Linux you can install different IMAP servers.

Restart Dovecot IMAP mail server

Type the following command to start / stop and restart server under RHEL / CentOS / Fedora Linux:
# service dovecot start
# service dovecot stop
# service dovecot restart

Automatically reload sever next boot, enter:
# chkconfig dovecot on
To turn off auto loading on next boot, enter:
# chkconfig dovecot off

A Note About Debian / Ubuntu Linux User

Type the following command to start / stop and restart server under Debian / Ubuntu Linux:
# /etc/init.d/dovecot start
# /etc/init.d/dovecot stop
# /etc/init.d/dovecot restart

Use a text-based application called sysvconfig that allows you to configure which services are started at boot time for each runlevel including dovecot under Debian / Ubuntu Linux:
# sysvconfig

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1 Md. Hasan Mahmud Riyad September 10, 2008 at 5:21 am

Dear Vivek da

I have fallen following probs with my mail server….”timeout while waiting for lock to index of mailbox”

Have u any answer to resove this issue.. My server user do not got mail… :(

Riyad. Dhaka, Bangladesh


2 George Adjei July 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

log in as administrator and type the following
# service dovecot restart


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