Start failure due to Compress/ line 9

David Annett annett.david at
Mon Sep 29 20:34:52 IST 2008

Thanks for the advice Alex, it didn't all work for me but it did keep
the mail running until I could find the fix.  To help others in future
I can say the fix was in the archives about a year back and was:
The perl Scalar-Util module in Fedora install is broken. You need to
download the latest version from the website...

I get the error occasionally after perl updates itself.


tar xzvf Scalar-List-Utils-1.19.tar.gz
cd Scalar-List-Utils-1.19

perl Makefile.PL
make test

make install

I also disabled perl updates in yum in the hope that it won't break
again by adding to /etc/yum.conf the line:
Of course I now have to hope there is not an important perl security
update in future that I don't hear about.

On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 4:39 PM, Alex Neuman van der Hans
<alex at> wrote:
> Try this:
> killall -9 MailScanner
> killall -9 sendmail
> sendmail -bd -q5m
> sendmail -O QueueDirectory=/var/spool/ (this should take a long long time)
> (this assumes you're running sendmail)
> That should take care of mail for now - if your sendmail's properly configured you're still blocking a lot of spam at the MTA level.
> ...

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