extremely poor performance with many maiboxes for 'list "" *'

lst_hoe01 at kwsoft.de lst_hoe01 at kwsoft.de
Mon Apr 23 08:00:34 EDT 2007

Zitat von "Greg A. Woods" <woods-cyrus at weird.com>:

> I manage a single-instance server running v2.2.12 with a reasonably
> large number of mailboxes, using "mboxlist_db: flat":
> # wc -l /var/imap/mailboxes.db
>   40190 /var/imap/mailboxes.db
> On the hardware it runs on a grep through the mailboxes file using a
> non-trivial RE to match the user and ACL (in a manner I suspect is
> similar to 'list "" *') will complete in less than a second of CPU time.
> However imapd takes well over two minutes of CPU time to do the same
> thing -- an unbelievable, impossibly, long time for what should be a
> very trivial operation on so few records, relatively speaking.  I would
> have expected that hardware to be able to process several tens of
> millions of records in two minutes of CPU time.  I.e. whatever is being
> done is being done with three or four orders of magnitude too many
> instructions per record!  This is a "flat" DB, but still!
> Unfortunately some clients, despite the advice of RFC 2683 Section
>, e.g. pine, frequently do things like this (or seem to),
> sometimes putting extraordinarily excessive load on the system when
> several do so at the same time (it's only a 4-CPU system :-)).

Not sure how the problem arises but maybe you want to use the 
imapd.conf option foolstupidclients which changes the command from 
"list *" to "list INBOX*" on the fly to get around your performance 



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