MailScanner stopping

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at
Wed Sep 13 07:27:26 IST 2006

On 13/09/06, Kevin Miller <Kevin_Miller at> wrote:
> Last week there was a thread about MailScanner ceasing to work.  I was
> seeing that behavior - it was running, but was all balled up.  Turned
> out that when 'MailScanner restart' was called that some sendmail
> processes persisted past the $RESTART_DELAY time.  This only appears to
> happen on later MS servers.  Not sure what changes to the init script
> make the difference - my 4.48 server doesn't have a problem.
> The pids that MailScanner creates all evaporate almost immediately; the
> persistent sendmail processes are generally (as nearly as I can tell)
> connections that smf-sav initiates.  (smf-sav is sorta like
> milter-sender and milter-ahead rolled into one.)  I wasn't seeing the
> problem until I installed it, but it's too nifty to get rid of even if
> it's not as robust as the milters from Snertsoft.
> It can take up to a minute or two for all the connections to expire.
> I'm guessing the remote hosts are maybe doing greet-pause or graylisting
> when I do the sender verification, which causes them to sit around for a
> bit.
Sounds a bit odd... You're not getting tar-pitted by your own internal
servers, are you?

-- Glenn
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