New installation configuration question.

Martin.Hepworth martinh at
Thu Nov 15 17:36:59 GMT 2007


Anything in /var/log/maillog?

Also try "MailScanner --debug" and see if you get any clues.

Martin Hepworth
Snr Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailto:mailscanner-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Owens, Jerry
> Sent: 15 November 2007 17:12
> To: mailscanner at
> Subject: New installation configuration question.
> I have just built an Ubuntu server to process my personal mail. I
> installed it using a guide at:
> The setup is using
> postfix and courrier to process mail. I installed and configured these and
> verified that I could send myself a test message. I then installed
> MailScanner using apt-get which installed version 4.46.2-3. I configured
> mailscanner to work with postfix from the using postfix page in the
> mailscanner documentation. All my mail is coming into
> /var/spool/postfix/hold and sitting. It is not getting delivered to me.
> Would this likely be a configuration issue with mailscanner or postfix?
> Here are the canges I made.
> How to Set Up Postfix for MailScanner Use
> 1.	Install Postfix version 2 and get it all working.
> 2.	Stop Postfix using a command
> 	postfix stop
> 3.	Make sure you have the chroot jail set up in /var/spool/postfix. You
> should be able to see "etc", "usr" and "lib" directories inside
> /var/spool/postfix). If you haven't got the chroot jail setup already,
> then look in the "examples" directory of the Postfix documentation and you
> will find a script in there to set up it up for your operating system. If
> you can't find that, then see the "Problems or Errors" section further
> down this page.
> 4.	At this point, things change from the setup for other MTAs as we can
> make it run with just one copy of Postfix, and let Postfix do the "split
> MTA" setup for us.
> 5.	In the Postfix configuration file /etc/postfix/ add this
> line:
> 	header_checks = regexp:/etc/postfix/header_checks
> 6.	In the file /etc/postfix/header_checks add this line:
> 	/^Received:/ HOLD
> 	The effect of this is to tell Postfix to move all messages to the
> HOLD queue.
> How to Set up MailScanner for Use with Postfix
> In your MailScanner.conf file (probably in /etc/MailScanner or
> /opt/MailScanner/etc), there are 5 settings you need to change. They are
> all really near the top of the file. The settings are
>      Run As User = postfix
>      Run As Group = postfix
>      Incoming Queue Dir = /var/spool/postfix/hold
>      Outgoing Queue Dir = /var/spool/postfix/incoming
>      MTA = postfix
> You will need to ensure that the user "postfix" can write to
> /var/spool/MailScanner/incoming and /var/spool/MailScanner/quarantine:
>     chown postfix.postfix /var/spool/MailScanner/incoming
>     chown postfix.postfix /var/spool/MailScanner/quarantine
> If you upgrade your copy of MailScanner, unfortunately these directories
> will be changed back to being owned by root, so you will have to do those
> 2 commands again.
> Starting It All Running
> If on a system installed using the RedHat RPM distribution, just use the
> init.d script to do it all for you:
> /etc/rc.d/init.d/MailScanner start
> (or on RedHat systems just service MailScanner start) If not using the
> RedHat RPM distribution, then
> 1.	Start Postfix
> 	postfix start
> 2.	Start MailScanner
> 	check_MailScanner
> Thanks,
> Jerry

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