more hung-up email

Julian Field jkf at
Tue May 21 17:02:05 IST 2002

At 16:33 21/05/2002, you wrote:
>I'll ad these tidbits...  I'm running mailscanner 3.13.2, it is on
>an HPUX 11.11 system, and there is no corresponding qf file for the
>days-old df files left in  So this is the reason why the
>messages don't show up in the mailq output.   Hmmm.  Maybe this is
>a sendmail screw-up instead.  I'm moving my mail service to a Sun/
>Solaris8 boxnext Monday (with the current mailscanner), so hopefully
>this issue wil become moot.

These stray df files are nothing to worry about. They are caused by
attempts to receive a message from another system, and the attempt failed
for some reason (usually it timed out, or there was a temporary router
failure on the path, or something like that).

If you use the sendmail-starting script that provides (I
think that's where I got it), then these get deleted/renamed before
sendmail is actually started, so they don't cause any stray problems.

Any aged df files in your, without corresponding qf files, can be
deleted safely.

These are all really sendmail problems, nothing to do with MailScanner, so
they're a bit off-topic really...

> > Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 11:23:25 -0400
> > From: Jeff A. Earickson <jaearick at>
> > Reply-To: MailScanner mailing list <MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
> > Subject: more hung-up email
> >
> > Julian,
> >
> >    I have a similar problem to "need help badly", but I don't use multiple
> > mail queues.  I did an "ls -l" of my /var/spool/ and found
> > days-old messages in there.  But when I do:
> >
> > /usr/sbin/sendmail -bp -OQueueDirectory=/var/spool/
> >
> > mailq just shows the current stuff in there, not the old stuff.  If I
> > stop and restart both mailscanner and sendmail, mailscanner does not pick
> > up the old stuff, scan it, and move it to /var/spool/mqueue.  It just
> > stays.  Any ideas?
> >
> > ** Jeff A. Earickson, Ph.D                         PHONE: 207-872-3659
> > ** Senior UNIX Sysadmin, Information Technology    EMAIL:
> jaearick at
> > ** Colby College, 4214 Mayflower Hill,               FAX: 207-872-3076
> > ** Waterville ME, 04901-8842
> >
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >

Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
jkf at         Dept. of Electronics & Computer Science
Tel. 023 8059 2817          University of Southampton
                             Southampton SO17 1BJ

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