Errors and dovecot crashing...

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Errors and dovecot crashing...

SH Development
Our production dovecot/postfix server has been stable for a number of years.  In the last month or so, we are seeing increasing errors such as these:

Dec  6 15:51:20 mail dovecot: imap([hidden email]): Warning: Transaction log file /home/vmail/lilythicket.com/diana/Maildir/dovecot.index.log was locked for 322 seconds
Dec  6 15:50:54 mail dovecot: imap([hidden email]): Warning: Maildir /home/vmail/theormans.com/connieorman/Maildir/.Junk: Synchronization took 66 seconds (1 new msgs, 0 flag change attempts, 0 expunge attempts)
Dec  6 15:51:43 mail dovecot: master: Error: service(pop3-login): Initial status notification not received in 30 seconds, killing the process
Dec  6 15:51:43 mail dovecot: master: Error: service(pop3-login): command startup failed, throttling
Dec  6 15:51:43 mail dovecot: master: Error: service(imap-login): child 5868 killed with signal 9
Dec  6 15:51:43 mail dovecot: master: Error: service(imap-login): command startup failed, throttling
Dec  6 15:55:31 mail dovecot: imap-login: Fatal: Corrupted SSL ssl-parameters.dat in state_dir: Truncated file
Dec  6 15:55:32 mail dovecot: pop3-login: Fatal: Error reading configuration: Timeout reading config from /var/run/dovecot/config

And so forth.  Seems to be all over the place.  The server slows down to a crawl.  Restarting dovecot or postfix has no effect on the problem.  Only a server reboot solves it, temporarily.  Sometimes for weeks, sometimes for hours.  The hard drive SMART status reads okay.

During this time, of course, users cannot connect to check their email.

Thoughts on where to go to troubleshoot this and why it’s happening?

Ethon