mysql-client-5.58 breaks postfix, dovecot

Stefan Bethke stb at
Tue Dec 28 12:57:26 UTC 2010

Just a quick warning since I just spent an hour figuring out why my mail server broke: with the upgrade to mysql-client-5.5.8, postfix and dovecot stop working.

This is:
FreeBSD 8.2-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-PRERELEASE #32: Mon Nov 29 23:10:07 UTC 2010     root at  amd64

Dovecot has trouble running the auth process:
Dec 28 12:40:13 gilb dovecot: dovecot: Fatal: Auth process died too early - shutting down
and lots of
Dec 28 12:49:23 gilb dovecot: child 57253 (auth-worker) killed with signal 11 (core not dumped)

postfix emitted messages like:
Dec 28 12:36:51 gilb postfix/trivial-rewrite[44173]: fatal: proxy:mysql:/usr/local/etc/postfix/,lock|fold_fix): table lookup problem
Dec 28 12:40:04 gilb postfix/cleanup[45936]: warning: 7F9BC680E: virtual_alias_maps map lookup problem for admin at

I've downgraded to mysql-client-5.5.7 (but left the server at 5.5.8, since I had mysql_upgrade'd it already).  Things appear to be back in working order.

Here's the relevant packages currently installed:
dovecot-managesieve-0.11.12 Dovecot ManageSieve Server daemon
dovecot-sieve-1.2+0.1.18 A Sieve plugin for the Dovecot 'deliver' LDA
mysql-client-5.5.7  Multithreaded SQL database (client)
mysql-server-5.5.8  Multithreaded SQL database (server)
postfix-2.7.2,1     A secure alternative to widely-used Sendmail

Stefan Bethke <stb at>   Fon +49 151 14070811

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