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I'm trying to install Courier on my server, however I am hoping to be able to do so through the debian packages apt-get install courier-mta. This works fine, except for one thing. The Courier server is installed to use the system user daemon. And while I could accept that, I would really prefer to use a more specific user for this, such as courier, as suggested in the guide linked above. So far I have not been able to find any direct way of doing this.

Is the only way to achieve this, to manually change permissions and scripts? Or is there a more fitting approach?

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I cannot install it to test it now, so I'm not providing an answer, but as far as I can remember it was either in the /etc/default/courier-something file or in /etc/courier/somethingd file. Use grep -i user * in those directories to find settings for courier to run as. –  gertvdijk Jul 19 '13 at 22:32
@gertvdijk I can find that option for the esmptd daemon, but not the courierd daemon process. (files: /etc/courier/courierd and /etc/courier/esmptd) as you suggested :) is it enough to adjust for esmtpd only? –  TommyA Jul 19 '13 at 22:36
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