Solaris 10 init.d startup failing

Martin Hepworth martinh at
Thu Aug 24 17:38:14 IST 2006

Ray Gardener wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> Regards,
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only problem like this is when using MS in combination with MailWatch.

Problem can be that mysql isn't fully operational by the time MS starts the first connection hangs.

I solved this by putting a wait 30 at the start() function to make sure 
mysql is up and accepting connections before we start MS.

Martin Hepworth
Senior Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300


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