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IMAP not working. Can't connect to 143

NOTE:  If you're running dovecot, this guide will not apply to you.  These checks are for the wu-imap/vm-popd setup with customapache.  If you're using custombuild and dovecot, this doesn't apply.

1) Make sure /usr/sbin/imapd exists and is executeable.  You should be able to run it and see:

[root@user sbin]# /usr/sbin/imapd
* OK [CAPABILITY IMAP4REV1 LOGIN-REFERRALS STARTTLS AUTH=LOGIN] IMAP4rev1 2003.339 at Thu, 13 May 2004 12:34:14 -0600 (MDT)

2) make sure xinetd is running (inetd on FreeBSD)

[root@user sbin]# ps -ax | grep inetd | grep -v grep

On newer redhat/fedora/centos machines, you can install it with:

yum -y install xinetd
/sbin/service xinetd start
/sbin/chkconfig xinetd on

3) Make sure xinetd has the proper settings:
RedHat: /etc/xinetd.d/imap

# default: on
# description: imapd
service imap
     disable = no
     socket_type   = stream
     wait      = no
     user      = root
     server       = /usr/sbin/imapd
     log_on_success       += DURATION USERID
     log_on_failure       += USERID
     nice      = 10

FreeBSD: /etc/inetd.conf

imap4   stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/sbin/imapd                 imapd

Note that the /etc/inetd.conf will contain many other lines.  Just make sure that this one exists somewhere.

To test it out, run:

[root@user]# telnet localhost 143
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
localhost IMAP4rev1 2003.339 at Thu, 13 May 2004 12:39:55 -0600 (MDT)

4) You can also double check that the imapd binary is the one we included by running:

rm -f /usr/sbin/imapd
cd /usr/local/directadmin/scripts

5) check your /etc/hosts file.  Make sure you have one line that contains     localhost.localdomain localhost

6) If you can connect via localhost and not from outside the server, check your firewall settings to make sure port 143 is open.

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