MailScanner on boot

Dennis Willson taz at TAZ-MANIA.COM
Fri Oct 7 18:01:48 IST 2005

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You don't happen to run Webmin do you? There's a feature to restart services if they die.

Information Services wrote:
> Julian,
> I see what you are saying, and I gave it a try, and for some reason 
> MailScanner starts on it's own.  Thinking about what I have running on 
> my system:
> MailWatch
> Spamassassin
> sendmail
> I realized that I had made a config change in /etc/rulesdujour/config 
> and added
> SA_RESTART="/etc/init.d/MailScanner restart";
> I changed this line to "/root/";  and then turned off 
> MailScanner with 'service MailScanner stop'....rebooted, I have looked 
> into all my cron jobs, and there is nothing that I can see in cron that 
> would specify MailScanner.  I am not sure what else to check.   About 
> one minute after a reboot MailScanner starts automatically.  What am I 
> missing here?
> On 10/7/05, *Julian Field* <MailScanner at 
> <mailto:MailScanner at>> wrote:
>     It's a bit more intelligent than that.
>     If you do a "service MailScanner stop" it creates a lockfile in
>     /var/lock/subsys/ When the hourly cron job runs, it
>     detects the presence of this file and doesn't then start up
>     MailScanner.
>     So all you need to do is a "service MailScanner stop" and it will
>     stay stopped. No need to mess around with the cron jobs at all.
>     On 7 Oct 2005, at 15:45, Information Services wrote:
>>     Okay,  I did the 'chkconfig --list MailScanner' and saw the
>>     different run levels turned on.  So yes, I can see that
>>     'mailscanner' is not the way to go.  I ran 'chkconfig --levels
>>     0123456 MailScanner off' and rebooted.  Still the same problem. 
>>     Denis, I didn't even thought about the cron.hourly job for
>>     check_MailScanner.  I removed this from the cron.hourly, and
>>     rebooted....currently wait for system to reboot.......okay
>>     rebooted now.
>>     Looks like removing the check_MailScanner from the cron.hourly
>>     fixed it.  now when I do a 'service MailScanner status' I get an
>>     error for and  This would be
>>     expected.  now when I decide to use MailScanner on this system, I
>>     just need to remember to add  check_MailScanner back into cron.hourly.
>>     Nate, thanks for clearing up difference between "MailScanner" and
>>     "mailscanner," this could have continued to haunt me in other
>>     situations.
>>     Casey
>>     On 10/7/05, *Denis Beauchemin* < Denis.Beauchemin at
>>     <mailto:Denis.Beauchemin at>> wrote:
>>         Information Services wrote:
>>> I have a CentOS 4.1 system with MailScanner loaded for the
>>         possibility
>>> of using in one or our remote locations.  I have gone into
>>         the GUI
>>> services and took the check out of MailScanner and Sendmail
>>         to startup
>>> at boot, but that did not seem to keep MailScanner from
>>         starting on a
>>> boot.  I did a chkconfig and turned off all mailscanner
>>         levels, and I
>>> must not understand the purpose of chkconfig, but once again
>>> Mailscanner has decided to when the system is booted.  What
>>         can I do
>>> to keep MailScanner from running when the system is rebooted?**
>>         Maybe /etc/cron.hourly/check_MailScanner is restarting it?
>>         OTOH, are you sure MS is completely disabled?  Do "chkconfig
>>         --list
>>         MailScanner" and make sure it is off in all run levels.
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