Some mails in outgoing queue don't get processed

Julian Field mailscanner at
Thu Jan 23 17:09:54 GMT 2003

At 17:10 23/01/2003, you wrote:
>since yesterday I have trouble with my sendmail/mailscanner setup:
>Some mails remain in /var/spool/mqueue and don't get processed.
>There are thousands of mails which get processed ok,
>but I have about 70 mails with dates from yesterday to now
>which stay in /var/spool/mqueue all the time.
>When doing 'mailq', all 70 mails are shown.
>But if I do a 'sendmail -v -q', only 1 or two recent mails are processed.
>All of these qfiles have lines like
>qfh0N1Ohvm007970:MDeferred: Connection refused by []
>qfh0N6Okvm012640:MDeferred: Connection timed out with []
>but currently there are now connection problems.
>Restarting sendmail and removing /var/spool/mqueue/.hoststat/
>doesn't help either.
>Any ideas, how to get them delivered?

This is 100% a sendmail problem :-)

Have you tried (from your MailScanner host) typing "telnet 25" 
and/or "telnet 25" to see if the connections really can't be made?

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Julian Field
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