is filling up!

Gerry Doris gerry at
Tue Jul 29 18:55:50 IST 2003

> I'm having a weird MailScanner problem.  Sendmail will sit there and start
> tossing mail into the, not a problem with that.  However when I
> look in the mail.log this is what I see:
> Jul 29 10:06:03 mustang MailScanner[238072]: MailScanner E-Mail Virus
> Scanner version 4.20-3 starting...
> Jul 29 10:06:05 mustang MailScanner[244953]: Using locktype = flock
> Jul 29 10:06:08 mustang MailScanner[245441]: New Batch: Found 1634
> messages
> waiting
> Jul 29 10:06:08 mustang MailScanner[245441]: New Batch: Scanning 100
> messages, 2816396 bytes
> Jul 29 10:06:08 mustang MailScanner[245441]: Spam Checks: Starting
> However, the messages are not getting delivers, so the is just
> piling up!  Does anyone have any suggestions?

I had similar results when the update scripts for either ClamAV or F-Prot
(which I use)were unable to reach their respective sites.  When those
scripts run MailScanner is stopped using a lockfile.  If they don't exit
properly mail continues to be received in in.queue but MailScanner isn't
available to process the mail and move it out for delivery.

I modified my scripts with timeouts to prevent this.  I also noticed that
I had a series of timeouts with F-Prot the other day when they were having
problems with their site.


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