Number of SendMail Processes
mkettler at EVI-INC.COM
Thu Jun 19 01:44:29 IST 2003
At 06:36 PM 6/18/2003 -0500, Steve Douglas wrote:
>When the command service MailScanner start is issued I receive the correct
>number of processes for the MailScanner children. However when I issue the
>command ps -A |more I show there are three sendmail processes running. Does
>this sound correct?
Provided the extra processes are delivery processes, yes... sendmail forks
off extra processes while transferring mail.
For example I get (some details changed for privacy and security reasons,
including PIDs, SMTP IDs, and domain names)
1 ? S 0:04 sendmail: accepting connections
2 ? S 0:00 /usr/sbin/sendmail -q15m
3 ? S 0:00 sendmail: server blah.example.com
4 ? S 0:00 sendmail: server mail03.example.com
5 ? S 0:00 sendmail: server [188.8.131.52] cmd read
6 ? S 0:00 sendmail: ./h5FZFDs12724 example.com.: user ope
7 ? S 0:00 sendmail: ./h5K16Rq30494 stdin-01.example.com.:
8 ? S 0:00 sendmail: ./h5AYeBv01611 euclid.example.com.
9 ? S 0:00 sendmail: ./h5ZQoKf01417 mail.example.com.
Only #1 and #2 were started by the startup scripts.. 3 - 9 were spawned to
handle mail transfers.
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