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Bug 451838 - Dovecot does not start when a PID file exists, regardless of whether an actual dovecot process runs
Summary: Dovecot does not start when a PID file exists, regardless of whether an actua...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dovecot
Version: 8
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dan Horák
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2008-06-17 18:21 UTC by Filip Miletic
Modified: 2008-07-01 10:21 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-07-01 10:21:36 UTC

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Description Filip Miletic 2008-06-17 18:21:43 UTC
Description of problem:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Dovecot sometimes crashes, or does not wake up with the rest of the system from
hibernation.  Attempting to restart the daemon manually fails:
$ /etc/init.d/dovecot restart
Stoppen van Dovecot Imap:                                  [MISLUKT]
Starten van Dovecot Imap: Fatal: Dovecot is already running with PID 2112 (read
from /var/run/dovecot/
(mislukt =-> failed)
Actual results:
Dovecot does not restart, but rather prints an error message and quits.

However, asking for the status:
$ LC_ALL=en_US /etc/init.d/dovecot status
dovecot is stopped
leading one to think there would be a way to figure out that dovecot is not
running and therefore restart it.

Expected results:
Dovecot should figure out that there's no dovecot process currently running and

Additional info:

Comment 1 Dan Horák 2008-06-18 10:17:43 UTC
problem is in non-standard location of the pid file, but the correct path can be
specified as a parameter in the init script

Comment 2 Fedora Update System 2008-06-18 19:55:54 UTC
dovecot-1.0.14-9.fc9 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 9

Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2008-06-18 19:57:02 UTC
dovecot-1.0.14-9.fc8 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 8

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2008-06-20 19:06:50 UTC
dovecot-1.0.14-9.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 testing repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
 If you want to test the update, you can install it with 
 su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update dovecot'.  You can provide feedback for this update here:

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