Can't get mailscanner into the 'circuit'

Furnish, Trever G TGFurnish at HERFF-JONES.COM
Tue Oct 28 22:51:32 GMT 2003

Only got a sec, I'll offer a quick suggestion: See if you can trace the flow
of email.

It SHOULD be the following:

1. Mail accepted by sendmail listening on port 25 gets dropped into
/var/spool/ as a pair of qf/df files.
2. MailScanner takes the message files from, works on them, then
drops them into /var/spool/mqueue.
3. A sendmail queue runner picks up the message files from mqueue and
delivers them.

Make sure the mail is actually landing in  An easy way to do that
is to run:
/etc/init.d/MailScanner stop
        (Make sure all sendmail and MailScanner processes stop, then...)
/etc/init.d/MailScanner startin

That will stop everything, then start up just the sendmail listener.  If you
send messages, they should show up in  If they do NOT show up in, then you have sendmail misconfigured.  Check to make sure you
don't still have the original sendmail init script linked into your startup
process.  Also check to make sure the /etc/init.d/MailScanner file is
correctly starting both the sendmail listener (set to queue into
and the sendmail queue runner (set to pull from mqueue).

Did you also check the system logs for errors?

Hope it helps,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Allen [mailto:mja at FAMILYRADIO.ORG]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:46 PM
> Subject: Re: Can't get mailscanner into the 'circuit'
> To List:
> In addittion theres more info I forgot to mention:
> 1.  I use Sendmail version 8.12.9
> 2.  Both spools  'incoming' and 'quarantine' are in
> /var/spool/MailScanner sub-directory.
> Thanks again for any help you can give me.
> Mike
> Kevin Spicer wrote:
> >On Tue, 2003-10-28 at 19:13, Mike Allen wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >>I have configured mailscanner properly but no email ever gets to me
> >>with
> >>any X-MailScanner headers
> >>included.  I get regular email all the time, both wanted
> and spam, but
> >>the headers remain unchanged
> >>regardless of the content.  I both send and receive emal
> successfully.
> >>How do I find your or
> >>trace what I am doing wrong?
> >>
> >>
> >
> >Probably either you're also running you MTA in standalone
> mode, or you
> >have misconfigured your MTA.  If you post some detail about
> your setup
> >(particularly which MTA you are using) someone may be able to help.
> >
> >
> >
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