Own implementation of a dict server. Is dict lookup multi threaded or single threaded?

Timo Sirainen tss at iki.fi
Fri Apr 8 08:33:06 UTC 2016

On 08 Apr 2016, at 09:19, martijn.list <martijn.list at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have created my own dict server (proxy:[<dict path>]:<destination
> dict>) to access a proprietary database.
> What happens if the dict server lookup is slow? for example because the
> lookup process takes some time?

Looking at the code, there's a 30sec timeout:

/* Abort dict lookup after this many seconds. */
/* Log a warning if dict lookup takes longer than this many seconds. */

> Does Dovecot access the dict proxy from multiple threads or is this a
> single threaded process?

It depends on what you're using the dict for. If you're using passdb-dict or userdb-dict, then I think all the lookups are coming from the one auth master process. If you're using it elsewhere, then you'll probably be getting connections from many different processes.

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