Setup neko cyrus imapd

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After installing the latest neko_cyrus_imapd and neko_cyrus_sasl...

Edit /usr/nekoware/etc/imapd.conf to make it look like this:

configdirectory: /usr/nekoware/var/imap
partition-default: /usr/nekoware/var/spool/imap
admins: cyrus root
srvtab: /usr/nekoware/var/imap/srvtab
allowanonymouslogin: no
sasl_pwcheck_method: saslauthd
allowplaintext: yes
sasl_mech_list: PLAIN
altnamespace: 1

This will give you a simple authentication mechanism. Next, you'll want to start the saslauthd daemon.

# saslauthd -a shadow

Contrary to what you might think, this does not just allow regular /etc/shadow (unix) users. First, add a sasl password for root:

# saslpasswd2 root

To add more imap users, you can also just add them to the sasl database:

# saslpasswd2 newuser

Make certain that the newly created authentication database is readable by the 'cyrus' user:

# chown cyrus /usr/nekoware/etc/sasldb2

Check to make sure you are pointed to nekoware_perl rather than the SGI perl 5 which installs as an optional system.

Then you can create mailboxes.

$ cyradm --user newuser localhost
localhost> cm sent-mail
localhost> cm drafts
localhost> cm spam

... and so on. You can check what mailboxes you have as a user:

$ cyradm --user newuser localhost
localhost> lm
INBOX (\HasChildren)             sentmail (\HasNoChildren)
drafts (\HasNoChildren)          spam (\HasNoChildren) 

Done and done. Fire up your preferred mail client, and add the IMAP account. If you want everything to be automatically started at boottime, you'll have to use a rather dirty hack: edit /etc/init.d/neko_cyrus_imapd and add the saslauthd startup stuff, and do

# chkconfig neko_cyrus_imapd on