Mailscanner suddenly started taking up 100% of available memory - Final Resolution

Christopher Hicks chicks at CHICKS.NET
Fri Apr 19 22:30:04 IST 2002

On Fri, 19 Apr 2002, Andrew Hoying wrote:

> The problem was that some bug in either perl or mailscanner wasn't
> releasing some part of the memory required to do this and so every
> mail ate about 50MB of memory.

perl doesn't return memory to the system once allocated within perl.
That's one reason mailscanner is configured to restart itself every now
and then as I understand it.


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