Julian Field jkf at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Oct 2 08:44:00 IST 2001

At 23:36 01/10/2001, you wrote:
>Just ran a test of the new timeouts, a 600k file that expands out into a few
>hundred megabytes. The "Commerical scanner timed out!" message appeared in
>the syslog after 5mins, although the sweep process is still thrashing away
>on the same message? (its been going now for 26mins on the one file, and the
>mail queue is at a complete stand still and growing by the second with other
>mail hotfooting it into the queue).

It will unfortunately try to run the timeout value twice: once to try to
scan the message, the second time in an attempt to disinfect any macro
viruses it can from the message. If you had left it for 10 minutes, you
should have found it would have been killed. The first scan was killed
after 5 mins, you were seeing the disinfection pass that takes another 5 mins.
Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
jkf at ecs.soton.ac.uk         Dept. of Electronics & Computer Science
Tel. 023 8059 2817          University of Southampton
                             Southampton SO17 1BJ

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