Mailscanner incoming many directories

Julian Field mailscanner at
Mon Jan 26 17:37:07 GMT 2004

Are you ever killing MailScanner? Or have you tweaked any of the code in
the init.d script? These directories are all cleared up very tidily by
MailScanner when it shuts down, but it has to be left time to do it. If you
do something like "kill -9" on the MailScanner processes, then the clearing
up cannot take place.

What you are seeing is not normal behaviour, something on your system must
be happening to cause this.

At 16:49 26/01/2004, you wrote:
>It appears that the mailscanner incoming directory
>"/var/spool/MailScanner/incoming" on our server
>never removes the directories that are created in what
>appears to be the pid numbers of the running processes.  We
>now have about 700 directories and think this is starting to get
>annoying.  Can someone please tell me how to fix this and prevent
>it in the future.  We had a similar problem with quarantine directory
>but with another script calle quarantine cleaner was able to get a
>on it.

Julian Field
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