Unable to access mail: Warning: Inotify instance limit for user exceeded




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    Stéphan Schamp

    Could this not be fixed by using Dovecot as MDA (Mail Delivery Agent) for Postfix?


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    Alisa Kasyanova

    @Stéphan Schamp
    The root cause of the issue is not an MDA related, but an OS related one, so using Dovecot is not a workaround for it.

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    Stéphan Schamp

    @Alisa Kasyanova

    I was thinking about not having to deal with inotify watchers in the first place, as I believe dovecot now is using inotfy watchers to monitor the inboxes for new mails (dropped there by Postfix).
    But Postfix can tell Dovecot (over unix sockets) that there is a new mail, which is a much more logical approach.
    Thus removing the need for these inotify watchers.

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    Ivan Postnikov (Edited )

    Hello @Stéphan Schamp,

    My apologies for the late response.

    The support request was created to check this suggestion deeper.

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    Pavel Rozental

    Hello @Stéphan,

    Yes, LMTP can avoid this issue, but LDA  is much easier to be implemented with Postfix and Qmail.

    I have created a request on uservoice to consider replacement Dovecot LDA with Dovecot LMTP.

    Please vote for this feature at https://plesk.uservoice.com/forums/184549-feature-suggestions/suggestions/36135496-implement-dovecot-lmtp

    and provide your vision of the issue. 

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