Postfix vs MailScanner : Slow Incoming Queue

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at
Sat Nov 10 22:00:32 GMT 2007

On 10/11/2007, Scott Silva <ssilva at> wrote:
> on 11/10/2007 2:45 AM Glenn Steen spake the following:
> > On 09/11/2007, Gerard Seibert <gerard at> wrote:
> >> On Friday November 09, 2007 at 03:58:46 (AM) Glenn Steen wrote:
> >>
> >> [ ... ]
> >>
> >>> Ah. Great that you found it (all MTA, and OT, but still.... One could
> >>> well think the ones over at the PF list would've been able to see
> >>> this:-):-)... Anyway... I do think that evere other second is a bit
> >>> often, you could try every 10 or 15 seconds or similar... Would mean
> >>> approximately 25 deliveries in every chunk. But if the system doesn't
> >>> suffer too much from the queue scans... well, every other second it
> >>> is:-).
> >> OK, I don't want to start a war here; however, I saw "R Wahyudi
> >> <rwahyudi at>" original post on the Postfix forum. I did not see a
> >> copy of his 'postconf -n' output. Without that information it would have been
> >> virtually impossible for anyone to have accurately diagnosed his problem.
> >
> > As you know Gerard, I'm not the contentious type;-). No wars in sight...
> > You are quite right, Rianto could have been as detailed as he (or is
> > that a female name?) eventually was here, but that is not my point...
> > All I say is that they could have asked for relevant information (not
> > just the "use of MailScanner disqualifies you from ever getting our
> > help" line).
> > As you did here.
> > I don't think there is any argument here, is there?
> >
> >> IMHO, he would be well served to post that information, as well as detailed
> >> information regarding his network on the Postfix forum so that his problem
> >> could be properly analysed. Altering the default settings as much as he
> >> apparently has done does not seem correct.
> >>
> > Yes,I think it a bit ... extreme... too. But with the figures of
> > incoming mail s/he cites, if the qmgr really only wakeup every five
> > minutes... that *will* land him/her with a seemingly slow delivery,
> > there is no argumenting with that. On the other hand, I'm sure one
> > could try affect the operation of the qmgr other ways that might get
> > the same effect, or even some MailScanner setting.
> > I'm very busy/tired ATM, so haven't spent even close to enough time
> > looking at this problem ...  Perhaps shouldn't be posting on the list
> > at all... Sigh - Where did things like "free time" and "relaxation"
> > go?:-)
> >
> > Cheers
> My free time seems to be from when my head hits the pillow to when the alarm
> clock or phone rings!  ;-P

> Lately, I have been in the emergency room almost every night with my spouse
> and her condition that the doctors call "Irritable bowel syndrome" or
> translated to layman's terms "Yes she is vomiting and yes she has pain, but we
> just can't figure out what is causing it"
I got that diagnose too, initially.... If it isn't UC (which is pretty
obvious, whatwith all the blood) IBS is the next thing they try out as
an explanation... They've done the lovely endoscopic things ... ? From
"both ends"...? Since IBS is an "exclusion diagnose", I suppose they
Nowadays, a good gastroenterologist will see if it's Crohns ... and
the pathology will confirm it... But there are many strange things
that look like IBS (even epelepsy... Strange as it sounds).
A dear friend of mine has IBS (and her husband has UC....). What they
seem to find most irritating is that the doctors just shrug it of,
since they really have no clue what to do. Doesn't mean she's in any
less pain, or that the condition isn't grave.... Just not immediately
life-threatening. Oh well, you already know this, I imagine.
I feel for you both.

> Trying to function at work on one or two hours of sleep is starting to get to
> me, but I have missed so much work in the last 5 years that I am afraid to
> take too much time off.
Well, if I were you.... I'd talk to the PHB about what he can do to
make it possible for you to function as "caretaker" while still
pulling your load at work. If it means more work from home, gadgets,
phones, portables whatever.... Get him to see the business "profit" of
having you available... when you really aren't;-)
But you're a smart guy, you already did that...;)
If all else fails, a power-nap (on the WC, if it is otherwise frowned
upon:) can save any day:-):-)

> I feel for all of you with cronic conditions, and just remember that as long
> as you are on the green side of the grass, things aren't as bad as they could be.
Yeah, being alive sure beats being fertilizer:-). And as I said in the
other mail, in answer to Drew, my new meds have put a new face on
things... Hardly any pain at all, normal excrements... Life is
definitely looking up. From where I stand ATM, at least:-).

Hang in there budy, I know you're a virtual pillar of support, and
comfort, for her!

-- Glenn
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