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Manual Reference Pages  -  ARCHIVEOPTERYX.CONF (5)

NAME

archiveopteryx.conf - configuration file for Archiveopteryx.

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Settings
     Logging
     Security
     Imap
     Pop
     Sieve
     Tls
Syntax
Author
Version
See Also

SYNOPSIS

/usr/local/etc/archiveopteryx/archiveopteryx.conf

DESCRIPTION

The archiveopteryx.conf file contains most global configuration settings for Archiveopteryx. It is read by each server at startup. Syntax errors, unknown variables, and other errors are logged via logd(8).

archiveopteryx.conf and its sibling aoxsuper.conf(5) are usually created at installation time, by running /usr/local/libexec/aox/installer.

There is only one required variable, namely db-password.

SECURITY NOTE

Anyone who can read archiveopteryx.conf can see the database user password, and use this password to read all mail and in many cases even delete mail.

By default, archiveopteryx.conf is readable only by root.

SETTINGS

All settings share a common format:
name = value # comment
For the *-address variables, the value may be either a hostname, an IPv4 or IPv6 address, the fully-qualified path to a Unix socket. For imap-address and a few other variables, the empty string is also allowed, meaning "all IPv4/6 addresses of this host".

    General Settings

hostname Most of the servers need to know the fully-qualified hostname. The default is computed at runtime and is normally acceptable.
Note that if the name is "localhost", there may be problems with TLS. An IMAP/POP/SMTP client may refuse a server certificate for "localhost" if it already has seen a different certificate for "localhost". We strongly suggest using a different hostname.
use-ipv4 decides whether the various servers accept IPv4 connections. true by default.
use-ipv6 decides whether the various servers accept IPv6 connections. true by default.
undelete-time is the number of days a message can be undeleted after being deleted, 49 by default.
server-processes is the number of processes started to serve IMAP/POP clients. This is 2 by default.
The server-processes setting should be about as large as the number of CPU cores available, perhaps a little larger. We advise asking info@aox.org in unusual cases.

    Database Access

db The type of database. The default, postgres, is currently the only supported value.
db-address The address of the database server. The default is 127.0.0.1.
db-port The port number of the database server. The default is 5432.
db-name The name of the database to use. The default is archiveopteryx.
db-schema The name of the schema in the database where the database objects are installed. The default is public. It is safe to ignore this setting.
db-user The name of the unprivileged Postgres user that the servers ordinarily use. The default is aox.
db-password The database password used for the db-user. The default is an empty string.
Unless a password is specified, Archiveopteryx sets up a randomly-chosen password and writes it to the configuration file during installation.
db-max-handles The maximum number of database handles that Archiveopteryx may open. The default is 4.
The server creates one handle at startup, and may create others if the load justifies it (and as controlled by db-handle-interval). Note, however, that when running with security=on, new database handles can be created only if you connect to the server using TCP/IP, not via Unix sockets. In the latter case, the server must use the first handle throughout its lifetime, since the socket is no longer accessible after chroot.
db-handle-interval The minimum interval (in seconds) between the creation of new database handles. The default is 120.

    Logging

log-address The address of the log server. The default is 127.0.0.1.
log-port The port number at which logd(8) listens, and to which the other servers connect. The default is 2054.
logfile tells logd(8) where to write log events. It may be set to an absolute file name (starting with ’/’), or to "syslog/category" (e.g. "syslog/local2"), which logs via syslog(2), or to -, which causes everything to be logged to stdout. The default is to log to syslog/mail.
logfile-mode is 400 by default and controls the permissions used by logd(8) if it creates logfile. The format (three octal digits) is the same as that used by chmod(1).
log-level may be set to debug, info, significant, or error, in increasing order of severity (it is significant by default). If a message is logged with this severity or above, the log server writes it to the logfile immediately. Messages with lower severity are discarded.

    Security

security is enabled by default, and should be enabled whenever Archiveopteryx is used in production. It causes the servers to lock themselves into a chroot jail and run with very limited unix and database privileges. Most notably, they cannot open files or delete messages.
Turning security off has exactly one advantage: it simplifies debugging.
allow-plaintext-access controls whether it is possible to read mail via an unencrypted connection. The default value is always. If this is changed to localhost, plaintext connections are permitted only from the host itself. If it is changed to never, TLS is necessary to read mail.
jail-directory is /var/db/aox/jail by default. On startup, each secure server uses chroot(2) to jail themselves into this directory, to which the jail-user should have minimal rights (only o+x permissions).
jail-user is the user name under which the servers run, and is aox by default. On startup, the servers change UID to this user. This user should not have read or write access to the jail directory.
jail-group is the group name under which the servers run, and is aox by default. On startup, the servers change GID to this user.
entropy-source is the fully-qualified name of a file that acts as a source for random bytes, whenever they are needed (e.g. SASL challenges). Set to /dev/urandom by default. If this is instead set to /dev/random, Archiveopteryx never uses anything less than perfectly random numbers. In this case, make sure that there’s enough entropy, or else a series of rapid login attempts can block the entire server.

    User Authentication

http://archiveopteryx.org/sasl describes SASL and authentication in more detail.
allow-plaintext-passwords controls whether the servers permit plaintext passwords, and how such passwords are handled. May be set to always (which is the default) or never. (Future versions of Archiveopteryx will offer more settings.)
auth-digest-md5 controls whether the servers offer the digest-md5 SASL mechanism. Disabled by default due to interoperability problems.
auth-cram-md5 controls whether the servers offer the cram-md5 SASL mechanism. Enabled by default.
auth-plain controls whether the servers offer the plain-text SASL mechanism. Enabled by default.
Note that disabling auth-plain doesn’t disable all plaintext passwords, since SASL isn’t always used. To disable plaintext passwords, use the allow-plaintext-passwords variable above.
auth-anonymous controls whether the servers offer anonymous login, disabled by default.

    Mail delivery

use-lmtp controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should accept mail via LMTP (RFC 2033). The default is enabled.
lmtp-address specifies the address where archiveopteryx(8) should listen for LMTP connections, and to which deliver(8) should connect. The default is 127.0.0.1.
lmtp-port specifies which port archiveopteryx(8) should listen to, and which port deliver(8) should connect to. The default is 2026.
use-smtp controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should accept mail via SMTP/ESMTP (RFC 2821/1869). SMTP is disabled by default.
smtp-address specifies the address where archiveopteryx(8) should listen for SMTP connections The default is an empty string, which means all available IPv4 and IPv6 interfaces.
smtp-port specifies which port archiveopteryx(8) should listen to. The default is 25.
use-subaddressing controls whether messages addressed to user+tag@example.org are accepted for delivery to user@example.org (if the latter is a valid recipient address). The default is false.
address-separator is the character that separates the username from the subaddress in a localpart, e.g. the + in user+tag@example.org. The default, which you should not need to change, is +. This setting is relevant only if use-subaddressing is true.
soft-bounce specifies whether a delivery problem causes a message to be rejected permanently (soft-bounce disabled) or queued at the MTA (soft-bounce enabled). This is enabled by default. We recommend disabling it when you are confident that mail delivery works.
message-copy specifies whether or not to keep filesystem copies of incoming messages, e.g. to burn a mail log to CD/DVD regularly. The default value of none means that no copies are ever made.
Setting it to delivered keeps copies of all delivered messages, a value of errors keeps only those messages that could not be delivered because of errors, and all keeps copies of all messages.
message-copy-directory specifies a directory to which mail delivered via LMTP/SMTP is copied, if message-copy is set. Its default value is /var/db/aox/messages. If you set use-security, message-copy-directory must be a subdirectory of jail-directory.
If message-copy-directory does not exist or is not writable, Archiveopteryx logs an error at startup and exits.
Each file in message-copy-directory contains one or more header lines, namely Error, From and To, then an empty line, then the verbatim received mail message. If there is an Error line, the message was not delivered, and the rest of the line describes the problem.
The file’s name is a unique string of numbers and hyphens. It ends with "-err" if there was an error injecting the message into the database.

    SMTP Submission

use-smtp-submit controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should accept mail via SMTP-Submit (RFC 4409). The default is enabled.
check-sender-addresses controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should check whether the sender is authorised to use the addresses in the message. From, Sender, Return-Path (SMTP Mail From) and Reply-To are all checked. The default is disabled.
submit-copy-to-sender controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should ensure that the sender receives a copy of outgoing mail. The default is disabled. This can be used to ensure that all outgoing mail is archived.
If the sender already receives a copy of the message, submit-copy-to-sender has no effect. Senders will not receive two copies. The copy is always sent to the user who sends the message, even if the From and/or Return-Path is different. The sender’s copy will be delivered through the configured smarthost, as with any other outgoing message.
smtp-submit-address specifies the address where archiveopteryx(8) should listen for Submit connections. The default, an empty string, means to listen on all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. 127.0.0.1.
smtp-submit-port specifies which port archiveopteryx(8) should listen to. The default is 587.
smarthost-address specifies the address of the SMTP server which is used to relay mail to remote recipients. The default is 127.0.0.1.
smarthost-port specifies the port to use when forwarding mail to a smarthost. The default is 25. (These defaults thus conflict with the default values of smtp-address and smtp-port when use-smtp is enabled.)
use-smtps controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should accept SSL-wrapped SMTP connections. The default is false (and the use of STARTTLS with SMTP Submit is strongly recommended instead).
smtps-address is the address where archiveopteryx(8) listens for new SSL-wrapped SMTP connections. As for smtp-address, the default is an empty string, which means all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
smtps-port is the port where archiveopteryx(8) accepts SSL-wrapped SMTP connections, 465 by default.

    IMAP

use-imap must be enabled for archiveopteryx(8) to accept IMAP connections. The default is true.
imap-address is the address where archiveopteryx(8) listens for new connections. The default, an empty string, means to listen on all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
imap-port is the port where archiveopteryx(8) accepts connections, 143 by default.
use-imaps controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should also accept SSL-wrapped IMAP connections. The default is false (and the use of STARTTLS over the standard IMAP port is strongly recommended instead).
imaps-address is the address where archiveopteryx(8) listens for new SSL-wrapped connections. As with imap-address, the default is an empty string, which means all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
imaps-port is the port where archiveopteryx(8) accepts SSL-wrapped connections, 993 by default.
use-imap-quota must be enabled for archiveopteryx(8) to support the IMAP QUOTA extension. This quota is not enforced and is recommended to be disabled on large mailboxes. The default is true.

    POP

use-pop must be enabled for archiveopteryx(8) to accept POP3 connections. The default is false.
pop-address is the address where archiveopteryx(8) listens for new connections. The default, an empty string, means to listen on all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
pop-port is the port where archiveopteryx(8) accepts connections, 110 by default.
use-pops controls whether archiveopteryx(8) should also accept SSL-wrapped POP connections. The default is false (and the use of STARTTLS over the standard POP port is strongly recommended instead).
pops-address is the address where archiveopteryx(8) listens for new SSL-wrapped connections. As with pop-address, the default is an empty string, which means all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
pops-port is the port where archiveopteryx(8) accepts SSL-wrapped connections, 995 by default.

    SIEVE

use-sieve controls whether or not the managesieve server is started. The default is enabled.
managesieve-address specifies the address where archiveopteryx(8) should listen for connections. The default is an empty string, which means to listen on all available IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
managesieve-port specifies which port archiveopteryx(8) should listen to. The default is 2000.

    TLS

use-tls regulates whether Archiveopteryx supports TLS at all. The default is enabled.
tls-certificate is the absolute file name of the TLS private key and signed certificate, e.g. /usr/local/etc/archiveopteryx/imap.p15. If tls-certificate is not specified, tlsproxy generates a private key and a self-signed certificate at runtime and stores both in /usr/local/etc/archiveopteryx/automatic-key.pem.
tls-certificate-label is not used in 3.1.4.

SYNTAX

The name is case insensitive, as shown:
hostname = test1.example.com
HOSTNAME = mailserver.example.org
The value is case insensitive wherever possible. (Exceptions include logfile, db-user and db-password.)
There are three datatypes: Strings, numbers and toggles.
Strings may be written as a single unquoted word or quoted with either single or double quotes, as shown in these three examples:
db-password = single.word
db-password = "rock’n’roll" # a 12-character password
db-password = ’two words, quoted’ # a 17-character one
Only single-line strings can be used. Single-word strings may contain the characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, dot, hyphen and slash.
Numbers are integers not smaller than 0 and not larger than 2147483647 (ie. 31-bit unsigned integers).
Toggles are written as a single word. Yes, true, on, 1, and enabled all mean that the toggle is enabled, while no, false, off, 0, and disabled unsurprisingly mean disabled. Toggles are case-insensitive.
use-lmtp = yes
crash-and-delete-all-the-mail = off
Spaces are allowed at the start of the line, before and after ’=’, and after the value. Comments extend from ’#’ to the end of the line.
# this is a comment
hostname=stuff.nonsense.example.com # also a comment
logfile = /dev/null# and this is a comment
# empty lines are ignored

AUTHOR

The Archiveopteryx Developers, info@aox.org.

VERSION

This man page covers Archiveopteryx version 3.2.0, released 2014-03-10, http://archiveopteryx.org/3.2.0

SEE ALSO

archiveopteryx(8), deliver(8), logd(8), http://archiveopteryx.org
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