cyrus-sasl alternative?

Richard Coleman rcoleman at
Wed Apr 4 16:30:11 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 04 April 2007 09:56:33 am Eric wrote:
> > If you also need a POP3/IMAP server you might want to take a look at
> > Dovecot. I'm using Dovecot SASL.
> maybe i missed something, but whats wrong with the sasl2 port? isnt that
> what most people are using already?

I've used both Dovecot and Cyrsus sasl.  I would say that Dovecot sasl is much 
easier to install than Cyrsu sasl.  It is implemented as a daemon to which an 
application communicates via a domain socket rather than as a shared library 
(which is how Cyrus sasl is implemented).   Because of this setup and due to 
the fact that the configuration is done in a single configuration file, it is 
more "self contained" from a design perspective.

The downsides of Dovecot sasl are:

1) It is not available separately from the Dovecot IMAP/POP server (at the 
moment) so it makes the most sense for people that are already using Dovecot 
2) Although Postfix can use Dovecot sasl, it can only use it for server side 
sasl (although this is not a problem for most sites).

But they both work, and there are plenty of people using either one.

Richard Coleman
rcoleman at

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