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DOVECOT-LDA(1)                      Dovecot                     DOVECOT-LDA(1)



NAME
       dovecot-lda - Dovecot's local mail delivery agent

SYNOPSIS
       dovecot-lda  [-ek]  [-a  address]  [-c  config_file]  [-d  username] [-f envelope_sender] [-m mailbox] [-o set-
       ting=value] [-p path]

DESCRIPTION
       The dovecot-lda is a local mail delivery agent which takes mail from an MTA and delivers it to a  user's  mail-
       box, while keeping Dovecot index files up to date.

       Main features of the dovecot-lda are:

       *   Mailbox indexing during mail delivery, providing faster mailbox access later

       *   Quota enforcing by the quota plugin

       *   Sieve language support by the Pigeonhole sieve plugin

OPTIONS
       Options accepted by dovecot-lda:

       -a address
              Destination address (e.g. user+ext@domain). Default is the same as username.

       -c config_file
              Alternative configuration file path.

       -d username
              Destination  username.   If  given,  the user information is looked up from userdb.  Typically used with
              virtual users, but not necessarily with system users.

       -e     If mail gets rejected, write the rejection reason to stderr and exit with status  77  (EX_NOPERM).   The
              default is to send a rejection mail ourself.

       -f envelope_sender
              Envelope sender address.

       -k     Don't clear all environment at startup.

       -m mailbox
              Destination  mailbox  (default  is INBOX).  If the mailbox doesn't exist, it will not be created (unless
              the lda_mailbox_autocreate setting is set to yes).  If a message couldn't be saved to  the  mailbox  for
              any reason, it's delivered to INBOX instead.

       -o setting=value
              Overrides  the  configuration  setting from /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf and from the userdb with the given
              value.  In order to override multiple settings, the -o option may be specified multiple times.

       -p path
              Path to the mail to be delivered instead of reading from stdin.  If  using  maildir  the  file  is  hard
              linked  to  the  destination  if  possible.  This allows a single mail to be delivered to multiple users
              using hard links, but currently it also prevents deliver from updating cache file  so  it  shouldn't  be
              used unless really necessary.

EXIT STATUS
       dovecot-lda will exit with one of the following values:

       0   Delivery was successful. (EX_OK)

       64  Invalid parameter given. (EX_USAGE)

       77  -e  option  was  used  and  mail  was  rejected.   Typically  this  happens  when  user  is  over quota and
           quota_full_tempfail = no is configured. (EX_NOPERM)

       75  A temporary failure. This is returned for almost all failures. See the log file for details. (EX_TEMPFAIL)

FILES
       /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
              Dovecot's main configuration file.

       /etc/dovecot/conf.d/10-mail.conf
              Mailbox locations and namespaces.

       /etc/dovecot/conf.d/15-lda.conf
              LDA specific settings.

       /etc/dovecot/conf.d/90-plugin.conf
              Plugin specific settings.

       /etc/dovecot/conf.d/90-quota.conf
              Quota configuration.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the  Dovecot  Mailing  List  <dovecotATdovecot.org>.   Information
       about reporting bugs is available at: http://dovecot.org/bugreport.html

SEE ALSO
       doveadm(1), dovecot(1), doveconf(1), dsync(1)

       Related MTA specific documentation:

       Postfix:
              postconf(5), transport(5), pipe(8)

       Exim:

       The accept router
              http://exim.org/exim-html-current/doc/html/spec_html/ch16.html

       Generic options for transports
              http://exim.org/exim-html-current/doc/html/spec_html/ch24.html

       The pipe transport
              http://exim.org/exim-html-current/doc/html/spec_html/ch29.html



Dovecot v2.2                      2011-01-16                    DOVECOT-LDA(1)