New process for every day the machine has been running

Ken Smith kens at
Sat Nov 9 22:55:41 GMT 2013

Paul Sand wrote:
> * Ken Smith<kens at>  [2013-11-08 19:17]:
>> Running Centos 6.4, mailscanner-4.84.5-3, sendmail-8.14.4-8.el6.x86_64,
>> SELinux enabled
>> The machine has one of these processes for each day it has been running.
>> smmsp    18382  0.0  0.0  78164  2064 ?        SNs  Oct25   0:00
>> sendmail: Queue runner at 00:15:00 for /var/spool/clientmqueue
>> Should they be getting killed off somehow.
> I am running pretty much the same setup (except no SELinux). I only
> see one of these processes, started when MailScanner starts. So they
> shouldn’t be getting killed, but you shouldn’t have more than the first
> one.
> The Mailscanner startup script is supposed to start the sendmail processes
> itself. (I.e., not through the normal /etc/init.d/sendmail script.)
> So one thing to look at:
>      # chkconfig --list sendmail
> Should be:
>      sendmail       	0:off	1:off	2:off	3:off	4:off	5:off 6:off
> Just guessing.


chkconfig --list sendmail
sendmail           0:off    1:off    2:off    3:off    4:off    5:off    
# chkconfig --list MailScanner
MailScanner        0:off    1:off    2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off

What puzzles me is what starts a new process every day. Nothing in crom 
that I can see.


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