max-connections in incoming.conf

Russ Allbery rra at
Mon Sep 13 08:44:17 UTC 1999

Katsuhiro Kondou <kondou at> writes:

> I'm thinking of a new key in incoming.conf; 'nohold' which enables not
> to hold remote connection for PAUSE_BEFORE_DROP(5)*60 seconds.  I think
> this is useful if the remote tries to connect excessively for that
> period.

Wouldn't it be better to teach INN to reject connections, with an error,
from a host that has exceeded its max-connections?  No new keys needed,
and I think that addresses the case where this change would really be

> And I found max-connections is effective for each IP address not for
> each label, while I'm trying to implement above.  I think this is
> misused, since max-connections can be set to each label, not to each
> hostname which may be a list of remotehosts or may have several IP
> addresses.  I'll try to fix it for both STABLE and CURRENT.  Any
> comment?

Sounds like a good thing to fix.

Russ Allbery (rra at         <URL:>

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