[Dovecot] What is normal CPU usage of dovecot imap?
mikko at woima.fi
Tue Jan 3 17:38:48 EET 2012
On 3.1.2012, at 17.12, Timo Sirainen wrote:
> On 3.1.2012, at 16.54, Mikko Lampikoski wrote:
>> I got Dual Core Intel Xeon CPU 3.00GHz, over 1000 mailbox and almost 1 dovecot login / second (peak time).
>> Server stats says that load is continually over 2 and cpu usage is 60%. top says that imap is making this load.
> You mean an actual "imap" process? Or more than one imap processes? Or something else, e.g. "imap-login" process? If there's one long running IMAP process eating CPU, it might have simply gone to an infinite loop, and upgrading could help.
It is "imap" process and process takes cpu like 10-30 seconds and then PID changes to another imap process (process also takes 10% of memory = 150MB).
Restarting dovecot does not help.
>> virtual users are in mysql database and mysqld is running on another server (this server is ok).
>> Do I need better CPU or is there something going on that I do not understand?
> Your CPU usage should probably be closer to 0%.
I think so too, but I ran out of good ideas. If someone have lots of mails in mailbox can it make effect like this?
>> login_process_size: 128
>> login_processes_count: 10
>> login_max_processes_count: 2048
> Switching to http://wiki2.dovecot.org/LoginProcess#High-performance_mode may be helpful.
This loses much of the security benefits, no thanks.
>> mail_nfs_storage: yes
> Do you have more than one Dovecot server? This setting doesn't anyway work reliably. If you've only one server accessing mails, you can set this to "no".
Trying this too, but I think its not going to help..
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