Solaris 10 init.d startup failing

Jeff A. Earickson jaearick at
Thu Aug 24 17:40:27 IST 2006


Yes, I run MS 4.55.8 on Solaris 10 and I have been chasing this
illusive bug since May (with no success).  The gist of it is that
your init.d script will work great in Solaris 9, but cause MS
to loop up in Solaris 10.  The init.d script will also work fine
if MS is in debug mode.  I use sendmail, BTW.

The work-around for me is to let MailScanner start via cron, eg:

0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * [ -x /opt/MailScanner/bin/check_mailscanner ] && /opt/MailScanner/bin/check_mailscanner >/dev/null 2>&1

Cool your heels for up to five minutes, and then cron will get
MS launched properly.  The last suggestion on the list was maybe
a PATH issue in the script, but I haven't had a chance to try this

Jeff Earickson
Colby College

On Thu, 24 Aug 2006, Ray Gardener wrote:

> Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 17:29:26 +0100 (BST)
> From: Ray Gardener <R.A.Gardener at>
> Reply-To: MailScanner discussion <mailscanner at>
> To: MailScanner discussion <mailscanner at>
> Subject: Solaris 10 init.d startup failing
> 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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