MailScanner goes byebyes

Furnish, Trever G TGFurnish at
Tue Jun 6 22:33:15 IST 2006


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> On Tue, 6 Jun 2006, Furnish, Trever G wrote:
> >
> > You might consider waiting till you believe all the mailscanner 
> > children have stopped processing messages, then attach to 
> one of the 
> > children (not the parents) with strace -p to see what's doing.  The 
> > output's not
> That was one of the first things I did, and the last output 
> from memory was an "unlink", hasnt done it for 2 days now, 
> but it can go for a few days before happening, then happen 
> constantly for hours, there was no set pattern.
> > likely to lead you to any particular spot in the code, but at least 
> > you should see each child periodically wake up and read the 
> incoming 
> > queue directory for files.
> >
> Thats just it, no, it was like it was totaly asleep

Hmmm...  Not to sound too alarming, but that sounds odd enough that I'd
be making sure I had recent backups of whatever's important on the
system, then start looking for other signs of oddness or hardware/kernel
problems.  Are the processes ending up in uninterruptible sleep state?
Is the process cputime increasing (ps -eo pid,user,cputime,cmd on linux
-- geeze I hate that manual page!).

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