[Dovecot] Error: Maximum number of mail processes exceeded (see max_mail_processes setting)
sdean at bard.edu
Thu Feb 5 18:36:43 EET 2009
Question: Do you have to have a radically greater setting for maildir
than for mbox? I would think...
What sort of values are people using with both formats? Sounds like a
nasty thing that could bite one in the $%# come migration from mbox to
Frank Bonnet wrote:
> Jack Stewart wrote:
>> Frank Bonnet wrote:
>>> I have this message repeated several times each *seconds* in
>>> the max_mail_processes is set to 8192 and I can see an average of
>>> 500 imap processes
>>> on the machine , I think there is a problem somewhere ...
>>> Debian 64 bits , IBM X3650 biproc , 7 Gb RAM , RAID5 disks , 2
>>> ethernet Gb ports bonded.
>>> Dovecot 1.1.11 has been compiled from scratch on the machine
>>> Thanks for any info.
>> Hi Frank,
>> Your system is plenty powerful - no issues there.
>> What are your settings in the init script? I found that putting in a
>> ulimit -n 8192 and ulimit -f 16384 prior to invoking dovecot was
>> worthwhile on my system.
>> I would first try tweaking these settings in a root shell and then
>> invoke dovecot with a -c conf make sure it is picking up the right
>> conf file.
>> I'm sure the list will ask for the dovecot -n -c ... output as well.
> Bingo ! since the begining I was modifying the wrong configuration
> file ....
> now everything is clear , when I modified the right file the OS instant
> write to the shell I haven't enough file descriptors ...
> Shame on me and thanks a lot Jack !
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