TNEF still a problem?

Richard Haakma richard at AK.PLANET.GEN.NZ
Fri Aug 19 05:07:05 IST 2005

On Thu, Aug 11, 2005 at 01:43:23PM -0400, Bill McGonigle wrote:
> On Aug 8, 2005, at 05:34, Nigel kendrick wrote:
> >I just noticed that the same 9 emails were getting processed (archived 
> >and
> >blacklist checked) by MailScanner (4.44.6) in a loop without actually 
> >being
> >submitted for virus scanning and further processing/delivery.
> >
> >I also saw the list messages here about issues with TNEF and, lo, one 
> >of the
> >MailScanner messages in the 'loop' referred to expanding a TNEF file. 
> >I set
> >'Expand TNEF = yes' to 'no' and things got moving again (with some very
> >hefty 'delay=' values - i.e.: delay=22295!!!)
> >
> >Other mail was being delivered during this period but obviously this 
> >needs a
> >fix. I notice Julian posted a TNEF patch - has this been tried by 
> >anyone
> >else yet and (noob hat on...) how do I apply it??
> FWIW, I switched to the external tnef processor on a troubled machine 
> and 30 messages blazed by that were chewing up the CPU previously.
> -Bill

I'll agree with this observed behaviour.  I saw some messages
stalling in the hold queue, and it cleared up soon after I changed
from internal to external tnef decoding.  I will add that it seemed
that the MailScanner process was crashing when it was doing this
as the maillog file showed "MailScanner Starting" a few times
a minute.


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