"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Exceptions! Gotta catch 'em all!

So earlier today I noticed that a 'pop3' process on our (newly installed, thanks to the old one's root drive burning itself out) user mailserver eating CPU and thrashing.

After a few minutes investigation (and a suggestion from ejp), it seems that the mbox index cache that dovecot builds got corrupted, and spun out of control. Blowing the cache away fixed the problem.

I also upgraded the user's MUA from Thunderbird 0.9 to 1.0, though I figure it's sort of unlikely that was the cause.

Worries me that dovecot will do that in the first place, though, and I suspect this may be one of the things Harry was talking about when he said that dovecot doesn't scale...

(Note: You can turn caching off.)

December 20, 2004 2:33 PM
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I was looking at iTunes the other day and decided to look for Christmas albums. There is (high up on the results list) a Pokemon Christmas album. It's funny, until you realize that it's not really intended to be a joke.

Posted by: Gloria at December 20, 2004 5:18 PM
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