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mod_measure_malloc: port to most recent trunk statistics API
author Jonas Schäfer <>
date Tue, 25 May 2021 19:01:54 +0200
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- 'Stage-Beta'
summary: 'Impose rate-limits on a MUC'


This module allows you to control the maximum rate of 'events' in a MUC
room. This makes it useful to prevent room floods (whether malicious or


This module limits the following events:

-   Room joins
-   Nick changes
-   Status changes
-   Messages (including private messages)

The limit is for the room as a whole, not individual occupants in the
room. Users with an affiliation (members, admins and owners) are not


Add the module to the MUC host (not the global modules\_enabled):

        Component "" "muc"
            modules_enabled = { "muc_limits" }

You can define (globally or per-MUC component) the following options:

  Name                     Default value   Description
  ------------------------ --------------- ----------------------------------------------
  muc\_event\_rate         0.5             The maximum number of events per second.
  muc\_burst\_factor       6               Allow temporary bursts of this multiple.
  muc\_max\_nick\_length   23              The maximum allowed length of user nicknames

For more understanding of how these values are used, see the algorithm
section below.


A certain number of events are allowed per second, given by
muc\_event\_rate. An event rate of 1 allows one event per second, and
event rate of 3 allows three events per second, and 0.5 allows one event
every two seconds, and so on.

Obviously MUC conversations are not exactly steady streams of events.
Sometimes multiple people will talk at once. This is handled by the
muc\_burst\_factor option.

A burst factor of 2 will allow 2 times as many events at once, for 2
seconds, before throttling will be triggered. A factor of 5, 5 times as
many events for 5 seconds.

When the limit is reached, an error response will be generated telling
the user the MUC is overactive, and asking them to try again.


  ------- ------------------
  trunk   Works
  0.11    Works
  0.10    Works
  0.9     Works
  0.8     Doesn't work[^1]
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[^1]: This module can be made to work in 0.8 (and *maybe* previous
    versions) of Prosody by copying the new
    into your Prosody source directory (into the util/ subdirectory).