Problems with inbound mail queue

Joost Waversveld joost at WAVERSVELD.NL
Mon Aug 29 12:52:27 IST 2005

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> I am not sure if this is a mailwatch or mailscanner problem, so I am
> posting it to both forums.
> I am having a considerable amount of emails building up in the inbound
> mailq.
> As of this morning there are 238 messages in there. There does not seems
> to be anything wrong with the messages, some are spam and others are not.
> They do not appear to have been processed at all, just hanging around in
> the queue.
> Mailscanner sees the messages, but does not process them. Here is a
> snippet of Logs;
> Aug 29 07:34:48 europa MailScanner[22046]: New Batch: Found 239 
> messages waiting
> Aug 29 07:34:48 europa MailScanner[22046]: New Batch: Scanning 1 
> messages, 3335 bytes
> Aug 29 07:34:49 europa MailScanner[22046]: MCP Checks: Starting
> Aug 29 07:34:49 europa MailScanner[22046]: MCP Checks completed at 
> 3335 bytes per second
> Aug 29 07:34:49 europa MailScanner[22046]: Spam Checks: Starting
> I read some other posts about this and some people are just deleting
> them and purging the from the DB, but this does not seem to be a
> "solution" but a way to manage the problem.
> Does anyone know what the "fix" is? This problem did not start until I
> upgraded to Mailwatch 1.0.2 and MailScanner 4.4.6-1. It was installed
> from RPM on Redhat 9 running Sendmail 8.13.3-1. Mailwatch is running
> with Apache 2.0.52 and php 5.0.3-1.
> Any ideas, anyone?

I'm also seeing this, but only on one server. Other mailscanners are working
correctly, and they are using the same versions. I really do not know what the
problem is. I compared all the config files, etc but they are all the 
same. The
only difference is that the 'problematic' machine is Fedora Core 3, and the
other 'working' machines are RHEL 3 and Fecora Core 4.

Though, by us the email seems to be delivered, but they're still 
standing in the folder.

If there are a lot of mails in there, the load of the mailserver keeps getting
higher and higher, so I copy the folder to an backupfolder and empty the
/var/spool/ folder, so the load returns to normal and I have 
still an
copy of the email (just in case).

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