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Date:      Sun, 17 May 2015 15:55:20 -0400
From:      Brad Mettee <>
To:        Ernie Luzar <>,  FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: dovecot.conf usage
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On 5/17/2015 2:52 PM, Ernie Luzar wrote:
> Hello list;
> Running dovecot2 in pop3 mode. The documentation seems to say that 
> /usr/local/etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf is the first conf file and the 
> place to place all over rides for options in the other conf.d 
> directorys. Placeing "ssl_cert = </etc/ssl/dovecot.cert.pem" &  
> "ssl_key = </etc/ssl/dovecot.key.pem" generates a error when "service 
> dovecot start" is issued. Error says can not find file  
> /etc/ssl/certs/dovecot.pem and /etc/ssl/private/dovecot.pem. those are 
> the options in conf.d/10-ssl.conf. Looks like my over rides did not take.
> Is my reasoning incorrect or the over ride statements incorrect?

Do you have the literal "<" in the conf file? ("... = </etc/...") If so, 
you shouldn't.

Also, check your /usr/local/etc/rc.d/dovecot file and see where it's 
supposed to be pulling overrides from. Mine is pulling from 
/usr/local/etc/dovecot.conf instead of the one you have.

Brad Mettee

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