MailScanner causing server to crash

Jim Levie jim at ENTROPHY-FREE.NET
Sun Jan 5 23:31:42 GMT 2003

On Sun, 2003-01-05 at 16:06, Bill Omer wrote:
> I do have a console on the machine, but the machine doesn't sit there
> dead, it power-cycles it's self.  That makes me want to believe that
> it's not a kernel panic.
I take it that you've already examined the logs to see if anything
interesting was logged before the reboot?

Is the system up to date w/respect to the 8.0 errata? I did see some
spontaneous reboots on a dual processor 8.0 box before the first or
second round of errata was made available. I keep the boxes up to data
and haven't see anything like that since.

> I'm going to try the version 3 series of mailscanner and see what kind
> of results I get with that.  Since it doesn't fork (as I understand it)
> it may not create such a load to cause the machine to reboot.
System load, per se, won't cause the reboot. However, if there's
something flaky in the hardware configuration a high system load is more
likely to expose the flaw.

What is the typical system load? How much memory is installed?
The instructions said to use Windows 98 or better, so I installed

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