startin, startout, stopms

Julian Field MailScanner at
Thu Aug 21 15:56:20 IST 2008

Steve Campbell wrote:
> Thanks all for the replies.
> More below:
> Julian Field wrote:
>> Steve Campbell wrote:
>>> I'm getting hammered today and my input queue just keeps growing and 
>>> growing. I'd like to stop the input queue from receiving more mail 
>>> but still process what's there using MS. What option do I give my 
>>> /etc/rc.d/init.d/MailScanner command to accomplish this?
>> If you are using sendmail then
>> service MailScanner stop
>> service MailScanner startms
>> service MailScanner startout
>> should do the trick if my memory serves me right. If you're using 
>> Postfix it's harder as there is only 1 Postfix daemon running so you 
>> would have to disable the incoming listener (or block it at your 
>> firewall).
>> Jules
> Julian,
> I thought I remembered something about the startms command option, but 
> alas, I haven't upgraded for a while and startms wasn't an option, 
> although stopms was. startout has been there a while. It's still not 
> convenient for me to upgrade, but would it be possible to extract the 
> init script only from the latest and use it if I tweak it to match 
> what I'm running now?
startms should be the same as just running "check_mailscanner".


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