Metric label values truncated when using OpenMetrics endpoint

Daan van Gorkum daan.vangorkum at
Tue Aug 25 04:08:06 EEST 2020

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your reply!

Regarding grouping by remote address, I understand and for now I'll keep a close eye. Maybe it's an option to group by /24 for ipv4 and /64 for IPv6? We currently do that based on the logs but the OpenMetrics endpoint seem a lot easier.

A slight hijack of the original question: but I tried to log only IP addresses (+ result) of failed login attempts but it seems I cannot find a metric that would contain that information. Am I looking in the wrong direction? The auth_userdb_request_finished and auth_passdb_request_finished stats work as intended but they do not contain any information about the connecting client.

Thanks again!


From: Josef 'Jeff' Sipek <jeff.sipek at>
Sent: 24 August 2020 20:47
To: Daan van Gorkum <daan.vangorkum at>
Cc: Dovecot Mailing List <dovecot at>
Subject: Re: Metric label values truncated when using OpenMetrics endpoint

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 00:31:36 +0000, Daan van Gorkum wrote:
> Hi,
> Recently we upgraded to Dovecot and configured an example metric
> like this:
> metric imap_command {
>   event_name = imap_command_finished
>   group_by = cmd_name tagged_reply_state user remote_ip

Grouping by remote_ip seems a bit dangerous unless the ips are somehow
limited.  Each unique value will result in (permanent) memory allocation, so
this has the potential to slowly grow the stats process large enough that
the vsize limit kicks in and the stats process gets killed and respawned.

> }
> While the result is great, I noticed that some metrics are being truncated
> (three dots at the end of the label value):
> dovecot_imap_command_duration_usecs_sum{cmd_name="FETCH",tagged_reply_state="OK",user="xxxxxxxxxxx.inbox at xxxxxxxxxxxxx…",remote_ip="XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:cc6b:cc7a:d…"} 2346 1598055662473
> I couldn't find this information in the documentation so I'm wondering if
> this is a bug.

Hm.  The submetric names are truncated to 32 bytes because nobody will ever
want metrics bigger than that. ;)  Obviously, we need to revisit that
decision.  There is no workaround that I can think of.


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