MailScanner not sending mail to /var/spool/mqueue

Julian Field MailScanner at
Thu Sep 8 19:29:40 IST 2005

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Scott Silva wrote:

>lester lasad spake the following on 9/8/2005 10:43 AM:
>>MailScanner version 4.41.3
>>Fedora Core 2
>>spamassassin 3.0.3
>>I have had this problem several times in the past. 
>>Mail is being accepted by my MS server but it is not
>>transferring email from /var/spool/ to
>>/var/spool/mqueue.  This causes a major backup on my
>>mail system.  I have bounced the server several times
>>and stopped and started MS but the problem still
>>exists.  Based off of past experience it will probably
>>start working on it's own pretty soon but this has
>>been an issue for the past 10 hours.  I am forced to
>>move the queued messages from /var/spool/ to
>>/var/spool/mqueue which also lets all the spam thru
>>because the spam checks are not being done.
>>Does anyone have any insight as to why this happens. 
>>MS is a great product but I can't keep allowing this
>>to happen from time to time.  I've got over 3000 users
>>and  it can get pretty nasty around here when this
>>problem occurs.  Thanks to anyone that may be able to
>>provide some insight.  
>>I'm crunching time right now... so if anyone needs
>>additional info please let me know and I will provide
>Which MTA? Sendmail? Postfix? Exim? ...?
>If you just move the oldest file in will it start up?
>Any clues in the log?
And what happens if you try running MailScanner in Debug mode? 
Instructions on how to do that are in the wiki at
You basically stop it, set "Debug = yes" in MailScanner.conf and then 
run "check_MailScanner". Does it print any error messages at all? If so, 
what? (Don't worry about EOCD Signature errors, that's harmless rubbish 
from the zip extractor).

Julian Field
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