Mailscanner not logging

Peter Bonivart bonivart at
Tue Oct 25 17:34:12 IST 2011

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM, John Brajkovich <john at> wrote:
> I am running Mailscanner 4.84.3-1 on Solaris 10 with sendmail 8.14.4.
> For the life of me I cannot get it to log anything.
> My /etc/syslog.conf has a 'mail.debug  /var/log/syslog' entry and
> MailScanner.conf has the default setting for logging ( Syslog Facility
> = mail).
> My /var/log/syslog has lots of mail.* (debug, info, crit etc) but
> nothing from Mailscanner. I had previously been running Mailscanner
> 4.83.5-1 with the same problem.
> I was hoping the upgrade would shake something up but no luck. I can
> see the MailScanner processes running, mail moves from to
> mqueue and gets delivered and my mail has the "...mail has been
> scanned by Mailscanner..." tags on the mail i.e. everything seems to
> be working but nothing in the logs.

Most likely you have the default setting in Solaris not to log from
remote. Check /etc/default/syslogd but really you should change it
with a property, check first with:

# svcprop system-log | grep log_from_remote
config/log_from_remote boolean true

Does your system say "true"?


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