[Dovecot] master request not found

Marshal Newrock marshal at idealso.com
Tue Dec 5 04:09:23 UTC 2006

On Tue, 5 Dec 2006 01:04:16 +0200
Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi> wrote:

> On 5.12.2006, at 0.49, Marshal Newrock wrote:
> > Dec  4 17:39:31 vega dovecot: auth(default): Master request
> > 17193.1 not
> > found Dec  4 17:39:31 vega dovecot: auth(default): master out:
> > NOTFOUND       1 Dec  4 17:39:31 vega dovecot: pop3-login: Internal
> > login failure: user=<XXXX>, method=PLAIN,
> > rip=xx.xx.xx.xx, lip=xx.xx.xx.xx
> If this happens consistently, I think there's something wrong in
> your system. What OS are you using, and do you use some weird kernel  
> modifications?

OS is Gentoo Linux, using the gentoo-sources kernel.  patches listed at
http://dev.gentoo.org/~dsd/genpatches/patches-2.6.18-3.htm though I
don't see anything which would drastically change the behavior of the

I could put a 2.6.17 kernel in place if you think this would make a

> The 17193 should be the process ID of the pop3-login process. I'm  
> guessing it's not. You could add pid=%p to login_log_format_elements  
> to see if this is the case.

The number given in the "master out: NOTFOUND" error message is the
same as the pid reported by adding pid=%p to 
login_log_format_elements.  If I set login_process_per_connection = no,
then pop3-login appears in the process list with the stated uid.

> I've heard earlier also that some kernels make fork() return a  
> different PID than what the child process's getpid() function  
> returns. Dovecot really doesn't like that.

Marshal Newrock
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