MailScanner 4.12-2 / 4.13-3 incoming failed

Stijn Jonker SJCJonker at SJC.NL
Wed Mar 26 22:11:12 GMT 2003

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Hello all,

I have seen this problem with diffrent scripts and programs on my system.
If you are all running redhat, the following has happend afaik.

Redhat silently upgraded glibc from 2.2.X to 2.3.X while incorporating the
latest sun rpc fix. (The reason for the upgrade iirc)

Now some (if not most processes) show up as:
773 ?        S      0:00 [sendmail]
782 ?        S      0:00 [sendmail]
when doing a ps -ax or ps -eaf.

I blame it on the glibc upgrade and had to modify a bunch of scripts.

I don't know what the exact meaning is if a process is in between []
brackets. Couldn't find it that quick. I had to "repair" a lot of
monitoring and reporting tools and I don't have time to make ps do the
right thing again.

Hope this helps!


On Wed, 26 Mar 2003, Bruce Rahn wrote:

> Allow me to add a more detailed observation in addition to my first posting
> of "seeing the same problem here".
> First off, this discrepancy started after the last kernel/glibc updates.
> Everything was fine before that.  I too was bitten by the sendmail 'auto
> start' issue when I upgraded, but that one was quick and easy to track down.
> Now two more tid-bits.  While it indicates failed, it indeed is running
> after a MailScanner start up and stops after a MailScanner stop.  So why the
> error that it failed?  It indeed works.
> Also, after the kernel/glibc update, the MailScanner-MRTG graph of Copies Of
> Sendmail went from showing two down to showing zero.  If I were smarter, I'm
> sure this is a clue.
> It's not a show stopper, just leaves one with a false impression that things
> are not working when indeed they are.
> Regards -- Bruce
> Bruce Rahn
> brahn at
> Wisdom has two parts:
> 1.  having a lot to say; and
> 2.  not saying it!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK]On
> Behalf Of Julian Field
> Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 2:10 PM
> Subject: Re: MailScanner 4.12-2 / 4.13-3 incoming failed
> At 18:56 26/03/2003, you wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >  I'm having this problem that when I run 'service MailScanner status' the
> > output displays the following error:
> >
> >Checking MailScanner daemons:
> >          MailScanner:       [  OK  ]
> >          incoming sendmail: [FAILED]
> >          outgoing sendmail: [  OK  ]
> >
> >  I've verified mail is working both in and out bound correctly, so I
> > don't know why the error.
> >
> >  I have RedHatV8.0, and I just upgrade today to MailScanner 4.13-3.  I
> > also had the problem with MailScanner V4.12-2.  I never notice the
> > problem before until I upgraded the kernel and glib rpms last week for
> > security reasons.
> >
> >  Has anyone else seen this problem yet?
> The sendmail replacement RPM issued by RedHat Network does a
>          service sendmail restart
> which re-runs sendmail :-(
> I stopped it doing it in future by adding intentional syntax errors to
>          /etc/sysconfig/sendmail
> (I added a load of text on the end explaining what I had done, which of
> course generates load of sh syntax errors)
> --
> Julian Field
> Professional Support Services at
> MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support

- --
Met Vriendelijke groet/Yours Sincerely
Stijn Jonker <SJCJonker at>

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