MailScanner or Sendmail dropping the ball? (fwd)

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Wed Mar 24 21:42:23 GMT 2004

Hello Julian

Been there and hate what I see.

smtp#sendmail -q -v
Running /var/spool/mqueue/i2OLLkXe028077 (sequence 1 of 108)

smtp#sendmail -bp |more
/var/spool/mqueue (10988 requests)

There seems to be a very big difference from what a queue runner see's to
what is actually in the queue.


On Wed, 24 Mar 2004, Julian Field wrote:

> Run a
>          sendmail -v -q
> and see what actually happens when it attempts delivery of your outgoing queue.
> At 18:33 24/03/2004, you wrote:
> >Hello All
> >
> >I am resending this to the list with a different subject line as the first
> >may have led to some confusion. I have looked through the faq and also
> >googled for an answer but cannot find one.
> >
> >At this point in time I now have over 8000 emails that are sitting in
> >mqueue not being delivered. I do have queue runners trying and I am also
> >trying from the command line.
> >
> >I do not know what else to do and have lost a lot of sleep over this.
> >
> >
> ><Original Message>
> >
> >
> >I recently noticed a problem that I really don't know what the cause is.
> >We are running sendmail 8.12.10 on solaris 9, Mailscanner 4.27.7 and SA
> >2.63
> >
> >It appears as though a lot of email is just sitting in the queue and not
> >being delivered. By the queue I mean mqueue not MS and SA have
> >already worked their magic and all we need now is delivery
> >
> >
> >When I try and run the queue I show that there are 200 or so messages and
> >the queue starts running, but when I do a sendmail -bp there are actually
> >over 3000 emails. I have tried everything and every switch and debug
> >switch in the bat book but still these emails will not go. Some are as old
> >as a week, some are only a few hours old.  Also some emails are bounces,
> >some are for virtual domains on or system and some are for our regular
> >members.
> >
> >What am I missing here?
> >
> >Rick
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