MailScanner children hanging on startup when spam.lists.conf
file is open by another process
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Wed Apr 2 15:27:02 IST 2008
Warren Guy wrote:
> 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.
If for some reason BSD vi was insisting on putting an all-out lock on
the file while your colleague was editing it, then the child processes
would indeed hang waiting for access to the file. It should only be
opening it for read though. Never seen this one before.
Julian Field MEng CITP CEng
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