UW IMAP on OpenSolaris 2009.06

It is quite surprising that the opensolaris distribution does not come with an imap server in the standard repositories. I needed one and the simplest one to use is the one from UW IMAP.

I downloaded the source package from:


The UW IMAP documentation is at http://www.washington.edu/imap/documentation/

I have GCC installed in my opensolaris 2009.6

$ which cc

I followed the usual compile procedure:

$ tar -xvzf imap.tar.gz
$ cd imap-2007e

I tried building it, but it failed although GCC is installed. So I thought of compiling it with Sun Studio. I installed the Sun Studio as follows:

$ pfexec pkg install developer/sunstudio12u1

Next I did some modifications to the src/osdep/unix/Makefile in the UW IMAPD. Following are the lines that need to be changed from the default ones.


Now run the make command. With UW IMAP you need to tell the system type for which you are building the imap, I tried ‘sol’ but it did not work for some reason. Next I tried ‘gso’ which is actually for GNU C in solaris, and it worked. Not sure why as I was using the Sun Studio compiler….

$ make gso

Next I needed to manually copy the imapd (I only wanted imapd and not pop as of now).

$ pfexec cp imap/imapd /usr/sbin/

Now add the inetd service entry

imap    stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/sbin/imapd     imapd
imaps   stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/sbin/imapd     imapd

and add it to the SMF framework

$ pfexec inetconv

I received an error for the imaps entry:

inetconv: Error /etc/inet/inetd.conf line 42 invalid or inconsistent fields: service-name protocol

Upon checking I found that /etc/services file was missing the entry for the imaps protocol, so I added a line:

imaps        993/tcp

and imported the services to the SMF again. This was a success this time. Finally we need to enable the daemons, which can be done as follows:

$ pfexec svcadm enable svc:/network/imaps/tcp:default
$ pfexec svcadm enable svc:/network/imap/tcp:default
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