SUMMARY (and new question): Problem with Suns POP3-Server

From: Detlev Habicht (
Date: Wed Aug 16 2000 - 03:54:19 CDT

Hi all,

this was my (and is) my problem:
> i have to test Suns POP-Server on a new system running Solaris 7 with NIS.
> I have installed SIMS 2.0 and also the license.
> When i test via telnet i see this:
> ~ (testuser@werner) 11 >telnet akira pop3
> Trying
> Connected to akira.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> +OK akira Solstice (tm) Internet Mail Server (tm) POP3 2.0 p11 at Mon, 14 Aug 2000 17:17:00 +0200 (MET DST)
> user testuser
> +OK User name accepted, password please
> pass nnnnnnnnnn
> -ERR Bad login
> In /var/log/syslog i see only this:
> Aug 14 17:17:13 akira ipop3d[21130]: Login failure user=testuser host=werner
> Of course, not very much information. On a Qualcomm-Server on the
> old host this way of testing works. I found only a small
> manpage and no other docs. The testuser exist and i know the
> right password ...
> So, any hints where i have to look? Are there any important systemfiles?
> Any more docs available (i checked the CDs, How to
> debug the pop-server?

I got some hints: Don't use space in passwords, use the Qualcomm server,
use the newer SIMS version, look for /etc/shells
and so on - nothing helps.

I have tested qpopper 3.0.2 und 2.5.3 and also my running SunOS version
qpopper 2.5.3 (well it runs on 2.7 - with the same problems).

Then i found in the docs, that qpopper use only /etc/passwd. I am running
NIS. But the funny thing is, my old SunOS version is running in my
old enviroment - with NIS (mailserver ist SunOS 4.1.3 and the NIS server is
running on Solaris 2.5.1 with a slave on the mailserver), and i don't know why.
qpopper was compiled only with ./configure and nothing more. (At last i make
test with an entry in /etc/passwd and see, qpopper 3.0.2 was running.)

So, any new hints for running a pop-server (qpopper or ipop3d) with NIS????


Thanx to:

Thomas Vincent <>
William Hathaway <>
"S.M.Doyle" <>
James Ford <>
Ray Brownrigg <Ray.Brownrigg@MCS.VUW.AC.NZ>

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