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For the past week I have been trying to setup a mail system capeable of understanding IMAP/s and SMTP, but after digging though like hundreds of pages, I feel like writing letters again instead of sending emails.

Here's my situation: My server is accessible though a domain (let's call it I want to create two addresses: and, both completely seperated from each other.

However, I am completely lost at I think dovecot and postfix. I am so lost I do not even know why it's not working. (This is usually not the kind of question I ask, but for the first time in Linux I feel completely overwhelmed and have no remote idea of how to start)

Edit:// I have now finally completed the referenced wiki guide and then followed the official Dovecot Wiki, but I cannot connect via Thunderbird

This is my current dovecot.conf

protocols = imap

# It's nice to have separate log files for Dovecot. You could do this
# by changing syslog configuration also, but this is easier.
log_path = /var/log/dovecot.log
info_log_path = /var/log/dovecot-info.log

# Disable SSL for now.
ssl = no
disable_plaintext_auth = no

# We're using Maildir format
mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir

# If you're using POP3, you'll need this:
pop3_uidl_format = %g

# Authentication configuration:
auth_verbose = yes
auth_mechanisms = plain
passdb {
  driver = passwd-file
  args = /etc/dovecot/users.conf
userdb {
  driver = static
  args = uid=vmail gid=vmail home=/home/vmail/%u

The postfix config is completely default.

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Have you refereed Community wiki – g_p Feb 21 '14 at 3:09
It was one of my first ressources, but I had no success with it so far. I will wipe my server tomorrow and try it again. – MechMK1 Feb 21 '14 at 3:15
If there is a particular guide that you followed setting up Postfix and Dovecot, editing your post with a link to it may be helpful. Also, giving the pertinent info from your etc/postfix/main.conf and any errors you see in the logs would help also. One can reset Postfix and Dovecot without needing to wipe and reinstall the entire OS if needed.. – douggro Feb 21 '14 at 4:32

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