tss at iki.fi
Wed Jun 27 12:50:20 EEST 2012
On Sat, 2012-06-23 at 07:04 +0200, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
> I am having a hard time with users using POP while leaving mailboxes
> of several gigabyte cumulated. This causes a lot of disk I/O and kills
> performancs for everyone. I try to encourage people migrating to
> IMAP, but that migration will take some time, and therefore I am looking
> for alterantive ways to workaround the problem.
What mailbox format do you use? This shouldn't be a problem with for
example mdbox, probably not with sdbox either and with mbox/maildir
there are settings that can improve this.
Or are you not talking about opening the mailbox, but about clients
redownloading all the mails all the time?
> I found pop3-throttle-plugin.c, which seems a smart way to solve the
> problem, unfortunately it comes with no documentation. I was able to
> build it and load it, bu itsays nothing in the logs. Is there any
> doc somewhere? Any advices on how to set it up?
It's about allowing clients to see only X new mails per Y time. But I
don't see how that would help with your problem if that's related to old
Anyway, quick docs:
"touch /etc/dovecot/pop3-throttle-enabled" to enable the throttling
pop3_throttle_max_msgs = 10
pop3_throttle_max_kbytes = 1024
Which allows a single user to see max 10 new messages or max 1 MB of new
messages per 15 minutes, whichever limit comes first. After 15 minutes
more messages become visible again to reach the limit. The 15 minute
limit is configurable by recompiling:
#define POP3_THROTTLE_STATE_RESET_SECS (60*15)
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