Mailscanner: "Making attempt # at processing message"

Jason Voorhees jvoorhees1 at
Wed Mar 9 15:27:16 GMT 2011


On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM, Jeff Earickson <jaearick at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I too have starting having the same problem in the past couple of
> weeks, including once last night and once just a few minutes ago.  So
> what in perl did you patch?
> My setup: Redhat 5.6 x86_x64, MailScanner 4.82.6-1, sendmail.  I am
> using the version of perl that comes with Redhat (perl 5.8.8), plus
> all of the perl modules supplied by the MailScanner install.
> In my case, I find gobs of messages in quarantine when MailScanner
> falls apart, that I have to move back into and rerun thru
> the system (without problems the second time).  In this morning's
> case, the problem seemed to start with a "reload via pid" from cron,
> followed by MailScanner processes that would not die, followed by all
> messages going to quarantine.
> Jeff Earickson
> Colby College

My scenario was similar: CentOS 5.5 x86 up to date, no pending
patches. MailScanner it's also the latest version.

I have seen this problem with different versions of MailScanner
(previous versions) and almost always with up to date RHEL/CentOS 5.x
x86/x86_64 systems.
Sometime just deleting Processing.db files solved the problem, but
sometimes don't. This is a problem I don't realize entirely.

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