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= Rawlog =

Dovecot supports logging post-login IMAP/POP3 traffic (also TLS/SSL encrypted) using {{{rawlog}}} binary. It works by checking if {{{dovecot.rawlog/}}} directory exists in the logged in user's home directory, and writing the traffic to {{{}}} and {{{.out}}} files. Each connection gets their own in/out files. Rawlog will simply skip users who don't have the {{{dovecot.rawlog/}}} directory and the performance impact for those users is minimal.

== Home directory ==

Note that for rawlog to work, your [[UserDatabase|userdb]] must have returned a home directory for the user. If you can't get rawlog to work, you should verify that the home directory really is where you expected it to be by setting {{{mail_debug=yes}}} and checking the logs. You should see a line such as:

Effective uid=1000, gid=1000, home=/home/user

In above configuration rawlog would expect to find {{{/home/user/dovecot.rawlog/}}} directory writable by uid 1000.

If your userdb doesn't have a home directory, with v2.1+ you can add:

userdb {
  # ...
  default_fields = home=/home/%u
  # or temporarily even e.g. default_fields = home=/tmp/temp-home

== Configuration ==

To enable rawlog, you must use rawlog as a [[PostLoginScripting|post-login script]]:

service imap {
  executable = imap postlogin
service pop3 {
  executable = pop3 postlogin

service postlogin {
  executable = script-login -d rawlog
  unix_listener postlogin {

You can also give parameters to rawlog:

 * -b: Write IP packet boundaries (or whatever read() sees anyway) to the log files. The packet is written between <<< and >>>.
 * -t: Log a microsecond resolution timestamp at the beginning of each line.
 * -I: Include IP address in the filename (v2.2.16+)
 * v2.1 and newer:
  * -f in: Log only to *.in files
  * -f out: Log only to *.out files
 * v2.0 and older:
  * -i: Log only to *.in files
  * -o: Log only to *.out files

== Pre-login rawlog (v2.1+) ==

You can enable pre-login rawlog for all users by telling the login processes to log to a rawlog directory, for example:

service imap-login {
  executable = imap-login -R rawlogs

This tries to write the rawlogs under $base_dir/rawlogs directory. You need to create it first with enough write permissions, e.g.:

mkdir /var/run/dovecot/login/rawlogs
chown dovenull /var/run/dovecot/login/rawlogs
chmod 0700 /var/run/dovecot/login/rawlogs
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