NAME doveconf - Dovecot’s configuration dumping utility

SYNOPSIS doveconf [-anNx] [-c config-file] [-f filter] [-m module] doveconf [-n] [-c config-file] section_name ... doveconf [-h] [-c config-file] [-f filter] setting_name ...

DESCRIPTION doveconf reads and parses Dovecot’s configuration files and converts them into a simpler format used by the rest of Dovecot. All standalone programs, such as dovecot(1) and dovecot-lda(1), will first get their settings by executing doveconf.

For system administrators, doveconf is mainly useful for dumping the configuration in easy human readable output.

OPTIONS -a Show all settings with their currently configured values.

-c config-file read configuration from the given config-file. By default /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf will be used.

-f filter Show the matching configuration for the specified filter condi- tion. The filter option string has to be given as name=value pair. For multiple filter conditions the -f option can be sup- plied multiple times. Possible names for the filter are:

lname The local hostname, e.g. This will only match hostnames which were configured like: local_name { # special settings }

local The server’s hostname or IP address. This will also match hostnames which were configured like: local { # special settings }

protocol, service The protocol, e.g. imap or pop3

remote The client’s hostname or IP address.

-h Hide the setting’s name, show only the setting’s value.

-m module Show only settings for the given module. e.g. imap, imap-login, lmtp, pop3 or pop3-login

-n Show only settings with non-default values.

-N Show settings with non-default values and explicitly set default values.

-x Expand configuration variables (e.g. mail_plugins quota) and show file contents (from e.g. ssl_cert = </etc/ssl/certs/dove- cot.pem).

section_name Show only the current configuration of one or more specified sections.

setting_name Show only the setting of one or more setting_name(s) with the currently configured value.

EXAMPLE When Dovecot was configured to use different settings for some net- works/subnets it is possible to show which settings will be applied for a specific connection.

doveconf -f local= -f remote= -f service=pop3 -n

doveconf can be also used to convert v1.x configuration files into v2.0 format.

doveconf -n -c /oldpath/dovecot.conf > /etc/dovecot/

This example shows how to ask doveconf for a global setting and a pro- tocol specific setting. The second command uses also the -h option, in order to hide the setting’s name.

doveconf mail_plugins mail_plugins = quota doveconf -h -f protocol=imap mail_plugins quota imap_quota

This example demonstrates how to dump a whole configuration section.

doveconf dict dict { quota = pgsql:/etc/dovecot/dovecot-dict-sql.conf.ext }

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

SEE ALSO doveadm(1), dovecot(1), dovecot-lda(1), dsync(1)

Dovecot v2.0 2010-06-26 DOVECONF(1)