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

Julian Field MailScanner at
Wed Apr 2 16:10:59 IST 2008

Warren Guy wrote:
> Julian Field wrote:
>> Interesting locking problem. Does this only happen on BSD?
> I can confirm that the problem also occurs on FreeBSD 6.3 and Postfix 
> 2.5, however this machine is running the same version of MailScanner 
> (4.64.3) and Perl (5.8.8). I can't speak for any other platforms. Is 
> anyone else willing to try and replicate this? :)
> I've just noticed that the FreeBSD port was updated to 4.67.6 a few 
> days ago, so I'll probably give that a go some time soon anyway.
I have opened it read-only in MailScanner. So if vi on BSD is locking 
out even attempts to just read the file, there's not a whole lot I can 
do about this, sorry.


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