How To Start / Stop / Restart / Enable / Reload The Dovecot Mail Service In Linux?

systemd is a new system and service manager for Linux system, which was implemented/adapted into all the major Linux distributions over the traditional SysV init systems due to lots of issue/improvement has to be on SysVinit systems.

All the service files are available on /etc/init.d/ directory for SysVinit system.

For systemd system, the service files are available on /usr/lib/systemd/system/ directory.

If you would like to perform any kind of actions like start, stop, restart, enable, reload & status against the specific service then use the following commands.

Make sure that you should have admin privileges to run these commands except status command. It should be root or sudo permission needed to run the below commands.

What Is Dovecot?

dDovecot is an open source IMAP and POP3 email 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.

There are number of features are available in dovecot such as Best performing, Flexible authentification, Standards compliant, Self-optimizing, Easy migration, Self-healing, Admin-friendly, Security, Clustered filesystems compatibilty and Easily Extensible.

1) How To Start The Dovecot Mail Service In Linux?

Use the below commands to start the dovecot IMAP server in Linux.

For SysVinit Systems

# service dovecot start
or
# /etc/init.d/dovecot start

For systemd Systems

# systemctl start dovecot
or
# systemctl start dovecot.service

2) How To Stop The Dovecot Mail Service In Linux?

Use the below commands to stop the dovecot IMAP server in Linux.

For SysVinit Systems

# service dovecot stop
or
# /etc/init.d/dovecot stop

For systemd Systems

# systemctl stop dovecot
or
# systemctl stop dovecot.service

3) How To Restart The Dovecot Mail Service In Linux?

Use the below commands to restart the dovecot server in Linux.

For SysVinit Systems

# service dovecot restart
or
# /etc/init.d/dovecot restart

For systemd Systems

# systemctl restart dovecot
or
# systemctl restart dovecot.service

4) How To Reload The Dovecot Mail Service In Linux?

Use the below commands to reload the dovecot IMAP server in Linux.

For SysVinit Systems

# service dovecot reload
or
# /etc/init.d/dovecot reload

For systemd Systems

# systemctl reload dovecot
or
# systemctl reload dovecot.service

5) How To View The Dovecot Mail Service Status In Linux?

Use the below commands to view the dovecot IMAP server status in Linux.

For SysVinit Systems

# service dovecot status
or
# /etc/init.d/dovecot status

For systemd Systems

# systemctl status dovecot
or
# systemctl status dovecot.service

6) How To Enable The Dovecot Mail Service On Boot In Linux?

Use the below commands to enable the dovecot IMAP server on boot in Linux.

For SysVinit Systems

# chkconfig dovecot on

For systemd Systems

# systemctl enable dovecot
or
# systemctl enable dovecot.service

The default configuration file is located at /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf.

/etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf

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Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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