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I would like to create a dovecot lmtp listener under /var/spool/postfix/private/. Because postfix runs chrooted by default under debian.

How can I do this?


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You can't do this. LMTP is a network protocol that uses TCP/IP for data exchange. What you describe is a Unix socket, but this is not applicable for LMTP.

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Contrary with mailq answer, actually you can do it via Dovecot version 2.0 released at August 2010. The documentation can be found here: Postfix and Dovecot LMTP. To preventing link-rot answer, here the summary of that page

In debian postfix run with chroot, so you need place LMTP socket in postfix queue directory (usually in /var/spool/postfix/ directory). So in dovecot set the LMTP service like this

service lmtp {
 unix_listener /var/spool/postfix/private/dovecot-lmtp {
   group = postfix
   mode = 0600
   user = postfix

The final step is to tell Postfix to use this socket for final delivery, in this case in a virtual user scenario:

virtual_transport = lmtp:unix:private/dovecot-lmtp

For a non virtual user setup ( as when mail_location = maildir:~/.maildir ) :

mailbox_transport = lmtp:unix:private/dovecot-lmtp
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