SSL: Copy to Dovecot button

Has this issue been fixed?

Fresh install of Debian 10:

  1. Created a server (parked domain). bind configured etc.
  2. Requested Let’s Encrypt certificate - successful
  3. Checked if the SSL website works - success
  4. Copied to Usermin using “Copy to Usermin” and logged in via :20000 - successfully recognized SSL
  5. Same story with Postfix - no problems at all

But when I do this with Dovecot it copies the files (symlinks to /etc/certs…snakeoils) to /etc/dovecot. But the button does not disappear. The info displayed on Server Configuration > SSL Certificate says that the cert is used by Usermin, Postfix etc but no Dovecot.

And Dovecot seems to be down. When I push the “Start Dovecot Server” button I get:
Fatal: Dovecot is already running? Socket already exists: /var/run/dovecot/login/login

This bug seems to be existing for years now. Any working solutions for that. What exactly is being done under the hood when you press Copy to Dovecot button? How to fix this manually while we wait for the bugfix?

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I’ve run into this issue before as well, first, verify the certificates were in fact copied to the expected directory - turns out the certificates were copied however I needed to update the path to the certificates manually - once updated try restarting Dovecot.

As you can see it is there already (and again this is a fresh install).

Well this is weird.

I decided to change these two lines in 10-ssl.conf to point directly to /home/ and ssl.cert files instead those symlinks and guess what? It works!

It is my main domain for the server anyway so pointing at auto renewed files should work every two months. The only line I left unchanged was the one pointing to CA file.

I verified the symlinks they are exactly the same. Sizes, content, ownershhip. No idea what is wrong.

Here’s the lines of /etc/dovecot/conf.d/10-ssl.conf for those struggling with these problems too.

## SSL settings

# SSL/TLS support: yes, no, required. <doc/wiki/SSL.txt>
ssl = yes

# PEM encoded X.509 SSL/TLS certificate and private key. They're opened before
# dropping root privileges, so keep the key file unreadable by anyone but
# root. Included doc/ can be used to easily generate self-signed
# certificate, just make sure to update the domains in dovecot-openssl.cnf
# ssl_cert = </etc/dovecot/private/dovecot.pem
# ssl_key = </etc/dovecot/private/dovecot.key
ssl_cert = </home/vm/
ssl_key = </home/vm/

Only last two lines were modified.

[Copy to Dovecot] button is still visible but it basically does not work because of that static workaround.


Thanks for following up. That is weird. But, some tools do treat symlinks with suspicion, though I don’t know why it would in this case. I’ll have to do some research and testing when I get some free time.

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Just upvoting on this one. I’m getting the same problem on Ubuntu 18.04 & Centos 7 machines.

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Yes some issue here also today. Button doesnt disappear and DoveCot appears to not be running

Posted that already here too: Bug? in SSL certificate managment page the copy cert to Dovecote processes but doesn't report success on the certificate page. .
But for me its working, its just that the button doesnt disappear.

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