Problems with split recipients

DAve dave.list at
Wed Dec 6 17:16:55 GMT 2006

Ken A wrote:
> DAve wrote:
>> Ken A wrote:
>>> DAve wrote:
>>>> Using the following,
>>>> Everything seemed to go well, everyone is happy with the increased 
>>>> capture rates. But my outbound queue is growing now where previously 
>>>> I had no problems.
>>>> I am seeing the following messages in my mail logs;
>>>> Dec  5 12:56:54 avhost2 sendmail[59093]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): 
>>>> QueuePath /var/spool/ not subpath of QueueDirectory 
>>>> /var/spool/mqueue/
>>> You should have 2 instances of sendmail running (incoming and outgoing)
>>> The incoming queue should be using /var/spool/ and the 
>>> outgoing sendmail instance should be using /var/spool/mqueue/.
>>> You should make the changes for split recipients in the .mc or .cf 
>>> for the incoming sendmail ONLY. You'll need to create a separate .mc 
>>> and .cf for this instance of sendmail if you are splitting 
>>> recipients, and make changes to the MailScanner init script where 
>>> needed, per the doc you referred to.
>>> Note that in normal MailScanner installation, the incoming and 
>>> outgoing sendmail's use the same
>> All that was done, we have always run a split queue on our MailScanner 
>> servers.
> I may just be being dense(regular occurrance) but if you have had split 
> queues all along, there's no reason for this issue to pop up now that 
> you have enabled queue groups. Queue groups enabled to split recipients 
> don't add additional queue directories. In any case, I'm glad it's 
> flowing now!

Therein lies my confusion! I would not have thought that would be an 
issue either. Apparently, Sendmail requires a "parent" directory, or the 
default group directory to be defined. All created queues must be within 
that directory.

I found this based on a search of the error. Unfortunately my BatBook is 
too old for the new features of 8.13.8. The entire problem might be have 
been related to using two milters.


> Ken A.
> Pacific.Net
>> I have stopped the errors by making changes to my queues, as follows.
>> added a new queue dir of /var/spool/mailq
>> added incoming queue at /var/spool/mailq/
>> added outgoing queue at /var/spool/mailq/mqueue
>> adjusted my MailScanner.conf and start scripts accordingly.
>> added "define(`QUEUE_DIR','/var/spool/mailq')dnl to my incoming *.mc 
>> and rebuilt my incoming *.cf file. Restarted Sendmail.
>> Now the SYSERR messages are gone, watching my out queue now to see if 
>> it drops.
>> DAve
>>> Ken A.
>>> Pacific.Net
>>>> Am I missing something here? I followed the instructions in the Wiki 
>>>> closely and followed the original thread from Steve on this subject.
>>>> Looking at Sendmail docs it would seem I need to define my queues 
>>>> differently. Has anyone else seen this issue?
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> DAve

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Maybe they forgot who made that choice possible.

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