Postfix-sasl on FreeBSD will not authenticate

James B. Byrne byrnejb at
Tue Jul 3 20:39:11 UTC 2018

On server A we have cyrus-imapd running with spiped listening on
TCP:143.  On server B we have postfix-sasl-3.3.0 running with spiped
listening on TCP:143 linked to server A.

On server A saslauthd is configured in rc.conf to use rimap to the

saslauthd_flags="-a rimap \
                 -O localhost"    # Use Remote IMAP to authenticat

Postfix is configured to use saslauth to authenticate outgoing senders:

smtpd_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtpd_sasl_authenticated_header = no
smtpd_sasl_exceptions_networks =
smtpd_sasl_local_domain =
smtpd_sasl_path = smtpd
smtpd_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtpd_sasl_service = smtp
smtpd_sasl_tls_security_options = $smtpd_sasl_security_options
smtpd_sasl_type = cyrus

But I cannot find any such file named smtpd.conf which, according to
the Postfix documentation, should exist and should contain:

pwcheck_method: saslauthd
mech_list: PLAIN

It appears to me that postfix is directly looking in
/usr/local/etc/sasldb2.db itself and, finding no entries, failing to
authenticate.  How do I tell postfix to use the saslauthd daemon

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