MailScanner + Sys:Syslog problem

nikolaos pavlidis nikolaos.pavlidis at
Thu Dec 4 17:25:17 GMT 2008

Hello all,

I have stumbled upon a problem with MailScanner, and I cannot seem to
get around it. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could provide
me with some help on this.

The OS is Solaris 10 (10/08), it has clamd installed and running as
root; razor and DCC also installed.

MailScanner shows an unreasonable behaviour, immediately forking out
"Max Children" processes without ANY traffic going to the box. I have
set MS to run in debug mode, SA on debug as well and play out on
foreground. The result was:

[2109] dbg: bayes: files locked, now unlocking lock
[2109] dbg: locker: safe_unlock:
unlocked /var/spool/MailScanner/spamassassin/bayes.mutex
[2109] dbg: learn: initializing learner
File checker failed with real error: no connection to syslog available
        - udp connect: nobody listening
at /opt/MailScanner/lib/MailScanner/ line 170
 at /opt/MailScanner/lib/MailScanner/ line 386

my Sys::Syslog version is 0.27 which I have installed using
perlgcc -MCPAN -e 'install Sys::Syslog'

and the only perl modules I haven't installed are:

missing Business::ISBN
missing Data::Dump
missing ExtUtils::ParseXS
missing Mail::ClamAV
missing Mail::SPF ( i have Mail::SPF::Query
missing Net::LDAP
missing NetAddr::IP
missing SAVI

I would think by the looks of it there seems to be a problem with
Sys:Syslog. I run this perl script example to check the module:

use Sys::Syslog;
syslog('notice', 'fooprogram: this is really done');

and it produced no logs at all.

If you need more information about the system I would be glad to provide
it. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.



Nikolaos Pavlidis BSc (Hons) MBCS NCLP
System Administrator
University Of Bedfordshire
Park Square LU1 3JU
Luton, Beds, UK
Tel: +441582489277

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