MailScanner children hanging on startup when spam.lists.conf file is open by another process

Warren Guy warren.guy at
Wed Apr 2 15:00:21 IST 2008

Sorry for the extraneous post, but just wanted to clarify a couple of 

Warren Guy wrote:
> I encountered a strange problem this evening, where a colleague had 
> inadvertently left open a terminal on our mail server with the 
> spam.lists.conf configuration file open in vi, which seemed to cause the 
> MailScanner child processes to die when they (re-)started.

The processes weren't "dying", but rather seemed to hang.

> (from where MailScanner appeared to die, when the last child restarted):

That is, when MailScanner stopped processing mail after the last child 
process hung on restarting.

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