[Dovecot] More fine-grained connection limitations?

Micah Anderson micah at riseup.net
Sat Sep 7 15:51:48 EEST 2013

There is the mail_max_userip_connections setting, which helps for
dealing with number of connections at any given time, but I'm looking
for something that will help deal with users who configure their mail
clients to connect too frequently.

For example, I've seen users who configured their clients to check
(IMAP) mail every 3 seconds. This is far too frequent and puts
unnecessary load on the server. Even once per minute seems excessive to

It would be really great if there were a way to tarpit those users to
slow them down, or send them an imap message saying they are connecting
to often and connections have been disabled for the next 5 minutes or


ps - what happens to a user when they hit mail_mx_userip_connections?
Further connections are just denied, or dropped?

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