Dovecot port changes

Steven Smith steve.t.smith at
Sat Feb 22 13:21:06 UTC 2020

Just do:

port uninstall dovecot2 dovecot2-sieve
port clean --all dovecot2 dovecot2-sieve
port install dovecot +solr +…
port install dovecot-sieve

A strong downvote to anything named “dovecot3” when and if version 3 ever appears. At that time dovecot version 2 will be obsolete, which is how we got painted into this port naming corner in the first place.

Dovecot version 1 is unsupported and unsafe to expose.

> On Feb 22, 2020, at 07:00, Gerben Wierda <gerben.wierda at> wrote:
> Follow-up suggestion:
> Clone port dovecot2 to a new port dovecot1 now
> Whenever dovecot major release 3 appears:
> Clone the existing dovecot to new port dovecot2
> Update dovecot port to dovecot 3
> Is there a mechanism in MacPorts to block automatic update activations when new versions of software require a different configuration and automatic conversion is not possible? Should there be one?
>> On 22 Feb 2020, at 12:41, Gerben Wierda <gerben.wierda at> wrote:
>> port dovecot is now installing dovecot 2
>> port dovecot2 is now installing dovecot 1
>> The change breaks ‘port update outdated’ as the existence of a dovecot2 install will prevent the installation of dovecot which now has become a dependency for other ports instead of dovecot2. dovecot2-sive is likewise replaced by dovecot-sieve with identical issues.
>> The only luck I have now is that the update failed so my existing dovecot2 is still running and I can thus I can still read mail (including replies to this).
>> Yes, making sure that the port dovecot installs dovecot 2 (current) is cleaner (letting port dovecot2 install dovecot 1 is bad). But is that worth this mess? Instead of a nice and simple update, I have (unexpectedly, if I had known I could have prepared) to figure out the new setup, variants, etc. And given that the upgrade failed halfway, I have a messed up MacPorts landscape and I (unexpectedly) have to spend (unplanned) time on this. Spending time on it is  not the problem. Unexpected, because of a strictly sproken unnecessary cosmetic change, is.
>> G
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