Spawning new child for each batch.

Martin.Hepworth martinh at
Thu May 29 14:06:09 IST 2008


Could be a bad message in the hold queue - anything in there that is old or shouldn't be there (. Files etc).

Also a run in debug might show some more info.

Martin Hepworth
Snr Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300

> -----Original Message-----
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> bounces at] On Behalf Of Stef Morrell
> Sent: 29 May 2008 13:14
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> Subject: Spawning new child for each batch.
> Hi,
> I'm running MS 4.69.8, Postfix 2.1.5
> Suddenly today (or at least I've not noticed before) MS seems to be
> endlessly spawning children - a new child for each batch, with the
> previous child dying.
> I ran a quick debug batch and saw the following error, right at the end
> Negative length at /opt/MailScanner/lib/MailScanner/ line
> 3168.
>  Failed.
> I'm experiencing a real slowdown of email delivery (presumably) due to
> this. I wonder if anyone can advise what's going on.
> Regards
> Stef
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