Solaris 10 init.d startup failing

Ray Gardener R.A.Gardener at
Thu Aug 24 17:29:26 IST 2006


I had cause to reboot a Sunblade server running Exim and MailScanner 
version 4.53.8 and noticed a error. The mailscanner program is started by 
invoking MailScanner from the exim startup script in /etc/init.d. [I know 
this is a legacy method for Solaris 10 but do this to maintain consistency 
with other mailhubs based on Solaris 9]. On boot-up mainscannner instances 
were started and the startup log line was present in /var/log/maillog but 
the instances of mailscanner ate memory very quickly and didn't process 
mail. Pkilling the mailscanner instances and stopping and starting the 
init.d script resulted in a working system processing mail.

Has anyone else seen this on Solaris 10 and if so is there a workaround?
Incientally I later created a smf mailscanner service and tried to use 
that to start 
mailscanner but this also ate memory and didn't process mail.

Ray Gardener,
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