Carl Boberg carl.boberg at NRM.SE
Thu Aug 29 08:16:37 IST 2002

Hi all,
I see a [mailscanner <defunct>] process that moves around to different PIDs.
Mailscanner is still running the normal processes like:

21759 ?  S  0:00 sendmail: accepting connections
21764 ?  S  0:00 /usr/sbin/sendmail -q1m
21773 ?  S  0:00 /usr/bin/perl /usr/local/MailScanner/bin/mailscanner

and below this:

21868 ?  Z  0:00 [mailscanner <defunct>]

Anybody seen this? It seems like Mailscanner is working ok but I am a little
worried about the defunct process...
Does it mean that it breaks when scanning a message/bunch of messages? If
so, why? I have recently uppgraded to the latest version (rpm on redhat 7.2)
but I dont see any major changes that could cause this behaviour...

Stay alert! :-)
Carl Boberg
System & Nätverksadministratör
Enheten för informationsteknologi
Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet
carl.boberg at
Tel: 08-519 551 16
Mob: 0701-82 40 55

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