Quarantine problem: Ext3 directory limit to 32000 files

Martyn Routley martyn at invictawiz.com
Mon Aug 9 18:01:14 IST 2010

On 09/08/2010 15:35, Peter Bonivart wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM, hvdkooij <hvdkooij at vanderkooij.org> wrote:
>> On Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:32:45 +0100, Martyn Routley <martyn at invictawiz.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On 09/08/2010 13:04, Paulo Roncon wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Yesterday I got a problem with my mailscanner server. The messages
>>>> stopped being processed and the mailscanner would crash attempting to
>>>> process the messages.
>>>> Some troubleshooting later and: The problem was with the file per
>>>> directory limit = 32000 of the ext3.
>>>> I'm going to upgrade to ext4.
>>>> Any ideias? Change the quarantine function to create directories per
>>>> hour also?
>>> How about be really radical and delete some of the old quarantine
>> messages?
>>> They are almost certainly not wanted by end users otherwise you would be
>>> spending your entire day releasing messages from quarantine?
>> Perhaps the end-users can do this themselves through mailwatch or a
>> similar solution. Or end-users need the messages to finetune the bayesian
>> database.
>> So that solution is propably too radical.
> Especially since this guy quarantines more than 32,000 mail per day.
> To delete "old" stuff then is making the users have less than a day to
> retrieve their blocked mail. That's poor service.
> His own suggestion of creating hourly catalogs sounded good to me.

Nope, his email doesn't say that he quarantines 32,000+/day. He says
that he has run out of diretory entries. To me, that means he has 32,000
in total over an indeterminate period, perhaps since he installed


Martyn Routley

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