Don’t know why but it took me a couple of hours to successfully set-up the e-mail server.

I followed the instructions posted on the digitalocean website, but during the first try of connecting to the e-mail server the error “pam_authenticate() failed: Authentication failure (/etc/pam.d/smtp missing?” appeared in the e-mail server logs. (/var/log/

After deleting everything with the command “apt-get remove packagename” and purging the configuration files with the command “dpkg -P packagename” I tried a reinstall. The installation guide can be found here or on the wiki page.

That worked! The only thing I had forgotten was to add a rule to the of Postfix configuration file, so an authenticated user could sent e-mail after logging in. I’ve added the next lines to sent e-mail via an external e-mail client:

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
    check_recipient_access hash:/etc/postfix/filtered_domains

Learned today

  • watching TV and just following an installation guide without thinking isn’t a smart thing to do.
  • for every Postfix error I’ve encountered there is a post with a solution on ‘the net’.
  • the e-mail ‘relay’ option has automatically been disabled in the current Postfix versions.
  • understanding just the basics of the Postfix and Dovecot configuration files can help to implement basic security rules such as anti-spam rules and pre-processing rules for e-mail.


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