[Dovecot] Dovecot 1.0rc7 quits without notice

Chris Laif chris.laif at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 22 10:36:30 EEST 2006

On 8/21/06, Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-08-21 at 20:56 +0200, Chris Laif wrote:
> > Today I switched one of our servers from Courier (deployed 3-4y ago)
> > to DCrc7. Everything seemed very nice (system load dropped
> > significantly).
> >
> > Unfortunately after some time and ~8000 pop3-logins the main DC loop
> > just quit without _any_ notice. Some pop3-login childs still showed up
> > in the processlist, but the main listener on port 110 was gone.
> Apparently it crashed. Getting a backtrace would help. Do you see a core
> file in /var/run/dovecot? If not, make sure you have "ulimit -c
> unlimited" before starting dovecot. Or I guess you could also run gdb
> directly:
> gdb dovecot
> run -F
> <wait for crash>
> bt full
> Although the pop3-login processes should have gone away if the dovecot
> master process had died.

I observed another unexpected shutdown this morning, but this time (!) the error

 Login process died too early - shutting down

showed up in the logs. I'm using simple passwd-file and userdb-static
auth. The passwd file has not been changed during the night.

This _may_ be related to
http://www.dovecot.org/list/dovecot/2006-August/015660.html (?).

I'm closely monitoring the system (now with 'ulimit -c unlimited') and
will report back if there are any news.


default_mail_env = maildir:/data/%d/mailbox/%n
passdb passwd-file {
    args = /etc/dovecot/passwd
userdb static {
    args = uid=500 gid=500 home=/data/%d/mailbox/%n

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