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I'm trying to set up email on my server, and have successfully set up POP3 with gmail for my main account. When attempting to set up another user though, gmail reports ` There was a problem communicating with example.com. I can't figure out why it's working for me and not the other users. I do receive email sent to the address on the server.

One suggestion I found online was to try logging in over telnet, but strangely, it kicks me off right after I log in.

nona~$ telnet example.com 110
Trying 50.16.219.8...
Connected to example.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK Dovecot ready.
user frank    
+OK
pass password
+OK Logged in.
Connection closed by foreign host.

thanks for any ideas and help

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Turns out the problem was that the user didn't have a home directory, so I think Dovecot was silently failing when it couldn't find/write to the user mailbox.

Giving the user a home directory solved the problem.

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+1 for letting us know you solved the problem! –  larsks Feb 12 '11 at 1:42

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