FreeBSD and MailScanner --lint

Julian Field MailScanner at
Wed Aug 8 14:36:51 IST 2007

Mikael Syska wrote:
> Glenn Steen wrote:
>> On 08/08/07, Glenn Steen <glenn.steen at> wrote:
>>> On 08/08/07, Glenn Steen <glenn.steen at> wrote:
>>>> On 08/08/07, Mikael Syska <mikael at> wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> Dont knwo if this is intended to be so, but here goes ....
>>>>> root [/usr/local/etc/MailScanner]# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/mailscanner 
>>>>> restart
>>>>> Stopping mailscanner.
>>>>> Waiting for PIDS: 778, 778.
>>>>> Starting mailscanner.
>>>>> root [/usr/local/etc/MailScanner]# cat /var/run/
>>>>> 3229
>>>>> Then running running, with MailScanner still running:
>>>>> #MailScanner --lint
>>>>> Its overwriting:
>>>>> root [/usr/local/etc/MailScanner]# cat /var/run/ ( 
>>>>> yes,
>>>>> it writes MailScanner in the pid file )
>>>>> MailScanner
>>>>> Is this the way its supposed to be or ? I just noticed this today ...
>>>> Very likely not.
>>>> I just verified that it does this on Mandriva with the rpm install
>>>> method (and hence likely on any rpm-based system, perhaps barring
>>>> SuSE...).
>>>> Will have a look.
>>>> Cheers
>>> Looking at that init script... it just seems to be set there, never
>>> really used... Perhaps check_MailScanner uses it, will look further...
>>> Nope, not that I can easily grep/see at a cashual glance. So it should
>>> be safe... One can wonder what good it does, setting/managing at
>>> all:-).
>> The error seems to be only with how the .lint is implemented... Can't
>> promise any fix or anything (if Jules don't reappear:-), I've got a
>> lot on my plate today...
>> Cheers
> Lets hope Jules seems this messeage and will fix it in a release in 
> the future ... just have to remember to stop MS before running --lint 
> or else there will be processes floating around.
> Its fine you hijacked my thread, as long as it helps MS to become bug 
> free and even better.
Can anyone think up a good idea why I was writing a PID file in --lint?
I can't think of one :-(

I've commented it out for now.


Julian Field MEng CITP
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