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Oscar Retana
January 23, 2007 09:32
smtp connections never timeout
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I've been receiving several alerts from my mail filtering server,  
because it's reaching the max limit of SMTP connections... Not a new  
thing, a lot of plug-ins can increase their processing time depending  
on external factors.

BUT yesterday I couldn't find any culprit plug-in. In fact, I  
disabled ALL plug-ins. Basically my qpsmtpd/config/plugins file was  
left to this (for testing):


Nothing... Then I increased the max limit from 80 to 160, and then to  
200, but the limit has been constantly reached since yesterday  
3:00pm. This server has handled about 20 smtp connections for months.

So, I noticed that one (then several) of the "qpsmtpd-forkserver"  
processes had been running for almost half an hour. I know the  
default timeout value is 1200 seconds (20 min), so I changed  
"timeoutsmtpd" and "timeout" to 300 seconds (5min).

... It doesn't work. I haven't seen in the logs any message about  
dropping a connection due to a timeout. Processes are still alive  
after 30 o 45 min.

Then a found these lines commented out in qpsmtpd/lib/Qpsmtpd/

# this is only good for forkserver
# can't set these here, cause forkserver resets them
#$SIG{ALRM} = sub { respond(421, "Game over pal, game over. You got a  
timeout; I just can't wait that long..."); exit };
#$SIG{ALRM} = sub { warn "Connection Timed Out\n"; exit; };

Except from these commented lines, I can't find any other thing  
handling the "alarms".

Maybe, can someone explain me how is sopposed to work the timeout??

Qpsmtpd: 0.31.1
Running under daemontools: qpsmtpd-forkserver

Thanks for any comment!!!

Oscar Retana
Tel: (506) 258-5757
San José, Costa Rica
Gridshield: Protección y Monitoreo de Redes

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