INSTALL   [plain text]

Build Instructions

For most people, the usual:

  sudo make install

is enough. This installs Dovecot under /usr/local.

If you have installed some libraries into locations which require special
include or library paths, you can give them in CPPFLAGS and LDFLAGS
environment variables. For example:

  CPPFLAGS=-I/opt/openssl/include LDFLAGS=-L/opt/openssl/lib ./configure

See ./configure --help for a list of all available configure options.
See for more information.


Rename configuration file:

  mv /usr/local/etc/dovecot-example.conf /usr/local/etc/dovecot.conf

Read through, and make needed modifications.

Once everything is configured, there's two ways to start Dovecot:

 1) Run "dovecot" binary which does everything.

 2) Start it via inetd or similiar by executing "imap-login" or "pop3-login"
    binaries. If you're listening in SSL port, add --ssl parameter.

See Wiki for more information about configuration. If you're in a hurry, go
at least through


Dovecot used to support both GNUTLS and OpenSSL libraries, but nowadays
only the OpenSSL code is working.