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129 pop3-login dovecot processes - is that normal?
« on: November 29, 2011, 04:27:33 pm »

today I logged into my server using ssh, just to look around, and I found out, that ps list is kind of long, so I used following comand:

ps aux | grep -c pop3-login

... and I was kind of surprised, that I can see 129 entries in the process list for the Dovecot. There's imo no chance, that 129 users are checking for email at one time. Or does that mean, that some app does not close a connection to POP3 account?


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Re: 129 pop3-login dovecot processes - is that normal?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 01:21:37 pm »
it means that in some point of time, Dovecot needed them and it spawned them. It would take them back as time passes.

If this bothers you, you can do two things

1. Restart mail server

2. Add a hook to change the value of login_max_processes_count in dovecot configuration file (128 is the default)

If you want to have more information about dovecot login processes, you can peek this page ->