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Postfix reports 'connect to /var/lib/imap/socket/lmtp: Permission denied'

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9


Sending an email in an environment using postfix and cyrus-imapd results in the error message
ERROR: connect to /var/lib/imap/socket/lmtp[/var/lib/imap/socket/lmtp]: Permission denied
in /var/log/mail.


This issue was discovered while the user postfix was not member of the group mail. Adding the user postfix in /etc/group to the group mail solved the issue.

Additional Information

This error may be encountered when setting up postfix and cyrus-imapd without interaction of SuSEconfig. If POSTFIX_MDA="cyrus" is set in /etc/sysconfig/postfix, SuSEconfig will add the user postfix automatically to the group mail.

To check to which groups the user postfix belongs use the command
id postfix

groups postfix

The output for a configuration of postfix / cyrus-imapd should look like:

linux:~ # id postfix
uid=51(postfix) gid=51(postfix) groups=51(postfix),12(mail)
linux:~ # groups postfix
postfix : postfix mail
linux:~ #


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  • Document ID:7000671
  • Creation Date: 16-Jun-2008
  • Modified Date:16-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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