After upgrading Debian 6 to 7 I wanted to upgrade openSSL:

apt-get install openssl

This gave me the following error:

doveconf: Fatal: Error in configuration file /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf

Dovecot must have failed during the upgrade process.

To fix open the dovecot.conf file and update the following line:

mail_plugin_dir = /usr/lib/dovecot/modules/lda


mail_plugin_dir = /usr/lib/dovecot/modules

Dovecot will now be installed properly when you try upgrading any new package.

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