MailScanner dying

Julian Field mailscanner at
Thu Dec 5 19:33:28 GMT 2002

Without any more information about whether or not it is actually a
MailScanner problem or not, there is not much I can do.

Is anyone out there suffering the same problem?

At 19:26 05/12/2002, you wrote:
>It was set to around 1800, I increased it to 8192, but Mailscanner processes
>are still dying off.  Only 2 of the 6 that started 9 hours ago are running.
>Any other idea?  Is it possible that spam assassin, razor, or the RBL checks
>are sometimes causing it to die, without logging anything??
>On Thursday 05 December 2002 10:43, you wrote:
> > At 21:29 04/12/2002, you wrote:
> > >I'm running 6 MailScanner processes, they seem to die off over a day or
> > > so. After a few hours there may only be 4 processes running.  I'm using
> > > f-prot, spam assassin, RAZOR and RBL checks.  There is nothing in the
> > > logs indicating that anything has gone wrong.  I'm running FreeBSD 4.7
> > > and the latest version of mailscanner.  Any Ideas?
> >
> > Check how many filehandles you have available. I have a nasty feeling this
> > figure is very low on BSD. Do
> >          ulimit -a
> > to see the figure (it will probably be labelled "open files"). If it is
> > less than a few thousand, you should be able to raise it with
> >          ulimit -n 4000
> > Then re-run MailScanner and it should be happier.

Julian Field
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