Defunct process

Nicolas Viers - SCI viers at UNILIM.FR
Tue Jan 21 17:08:53 GMT 2003

i had seen this message in the archive list:
This is a behaviour seen on a few operating system versions. It is entirely 
harmless and nothing to worry about. It doesn't affect your OS or 
MailScanner at all.
At 08:16 29/08/2002, you wrote:
 >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 >/usr/local/MailScanner/etc/mailscann 
 >and below this:
 >21868 ? Z 0:00 [mailscanner <defunct>] >

You said it is harmless; but my mailscanner always try to start chil 
process and
does not work anymore. The messages stay in the directory

I install again the 4.05 version and it's ok

Thanks a lot for your answer


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