NAME doveadm-auth - Test authentication for a user

SYNOPSIS doveadm [-Dv] auth [-a auth_socket_path] [-x auth_info] user [password]

DESCRIPTION The auth command can be used to test the authentication for the given user.

OPTIONS Global doveadm(1) options:

-D Enables verbosity and debug messages.

-v Enables verbosity, including progress counter.

Command specific options:

-a auth_socket_path This option is used to specify an absolute path to an alterna- tive UNIX domain socket.

By default doveadm(1) will use the socket /var/run/dove- cot/auth-client. The socket may be located in another direc- tory, when the default base_dir setting was overridden in /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf.

-x auth_info auth_info specifies additional conditions for the auth command. The auth_info option string has to be given as name=value pair. For multiple conditions the -x option could be supplied multiple times. Possible names for the auth_info are:

service The service for which the authentication lookup should be tested. The value may be the name of a service, commonly used with Dovecot. For example: imap, pop3 or smtp.

lip The local IP address (server) for the test.

rip The remote IP address (client) for the test.

lport The local port, e.g. 143

rport The remote port, e.g. 24567

ARGUMENTS user The user’s login name. Depending on the configuration, the login name may be for example jane or

password Optionally the user’s password. doveadm(1) will prompt for the password, if none was given.

EXAMPLE This example demonstrates an imap authentication test for user john, assuming the user is connected from the host with the IP address

doveadm auth -x service=imap -x rip= john johns_password passdb: john auth succeeded extra fields: user=john

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List <>. Information about reporting bugs is available at:

SEE ALSO doveadm(1), doveconf(1)

Dovecot v2.0 2010-06-09 DOVEADM-AUTH(1)