Odd behaviour

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Nov 5 15:31:47 GMT 2003

At 15:01 05/11/2003, you wrote:
>I've recently seen something that I cannot recall seeing before. Seems like
>MailScanner spots messages in mqueue.in but only scans a few of them.
>Nov  5 15:47:24 MS01 MailScanner[17089]: New Batch: Found 26 messages
>Nov  5 15:47:24 MS01 MailScanner[17089]: New Batch: Scanning 2 messages,
>1014386 bytes
>This happens repeatedly. The queues move but are seldom totally emptied.

This is due to the other 24 messages still being delivered to you, so they
aren't complete messages yet. Also, some of the messages may be being
scanned by other MailScanner processes.

The number of messages it reports as being waiting = number of at least
partially delivered messages currently in the incoming queue, which is not
the same as the number it can actually get hold of to scan.

It is entirely normal.
Julian Field
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