Mailscanner server becoming unresponsive, high disk activitity

Orbitel Webmaster webmaster at ORBITEL.COM
Tue Jul 8 10:22:48 IST 2003

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==> From: mikea <mikea at MIKEA.ATH.CX>
==> Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 15:42:32 -0500

On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 04:10:28AM -0500, Orbitel Webmaster wrote: > 
If I start mailscanner on my server it freezes the whole box within 2 
> hours.  When it freezes disk activity goes non-stop until I hit the 
> reset key. > > This is without load, or a very small load, going 
through > mailscanner.  If I turn off the mailscanner service the 
problem > disappears. > > Any advice?

How much Ram?
 How much swap?
64 meg partition -- but its not allocated and thats too little.
This most likely the problem.  I'll dump a gig of ram in the machine 
(its pc133 and just laying around anyways) and fix the swap problem.
 What OS? redhat 8.0?  7.2?
What speed CPU?
p-3 700

thank you -- I feel embarassed.

It *sounds* as though you're running on a box with about 25% to 50% 
of the RAM it needs. I know all about that; that's why I went from a 
200MHz box with 64 MBytes to a 433MHz box with 384 MBytes. Now I 
don't see swapping at all.

-- Mike Andrews mikea at Tired old sysadmin since 1964

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