MailScanner Looping?

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at
Thu Nov 12 13:29:42 GMT 2009

2009/11/11 Drew Marshall <drew.marshall at>:
> On 11 Nov 2009, at 07:01, Edward Dekkers wrote:
>> Could someone have a quick look at the log and make a suggestion before I
>> enable mailscanner again?
> I think we will need a bit more than the attached to be able to help. Can
> you run mailscanner --lint and also mailscanner --debug (With some messages
> in the hold directory) and see if there is anything a miss. It may well be
> related to this..
>> System is Ubuntu 9.10 server (recently upgraded from 9.04)
> As I would expect there have been Perl updates.
> Drew
What this sounds like ... is some message "killing" MailScanner... I'm
not sure (since I haven't looked), but I don't think the version at
hand has the processing database thing in place (which is designed
just to catch this type of situation, so that "malformed" messages
can't take your system down).

Without the processing thing, one would have to stop MailScanner (and
postfix), move all the messages out of hold, to some place
temporary... then move some into hold, run MailScanner --debug, check
the logs/what happened ... and repeat until the "bad" message was

Hard to be certain, especially since Ed already did away with the
"evidence" (the errant queue files:-).

-- Glenn
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