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

Warren Guy warren.guy at
Wed Apr 2 16:37:02 IST 2008

Julian Field wrote:
> 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.

This does indeed seem to be the case. From the vi man page, the "lock" 
configuration variable defaults to on:

        lock [on]
               Attempt to get an exclusive lock on any file being 
edited,  read
               or written.

I guess that would do it :>.

Thanks for your help.

Warren Guy
Senior System Administrator

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