Exim 4.87 emails not being delivered right away

Jerry Benton jerry.benton at mailborder.com
Thu Aug 25 08:16:09 UTC 2016

I forgot to ask, did you setup Exim with this guide?


Jerry Benton
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-----Original Message-----
From: Desai, Jason <jason.desai at saabusa.com>
Reply: MailScanner Discussion <mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info>
Date: August 24, 2016 at 10:16:04 PM
To: MailScanner Discussion <mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info>
Subject:  RE: Exim 4.87 emails not being delivered right away

> I tried sending this earlier, but I do not see that it made it to the list - resending again
> ....
> I ran into an issue where emails would go through the mail scanner, but they would not be
> delivered with exim right away. It would not be until the queue runner process would get
> to the emails in the out queue that they would finally get delivered. Running MailScanner
> in debug mode would show "exim: can't get the current working directory". Looking at
> the source code for Exim I saw that it tries to get its current working directory, and fails
> if there is an error. (This code was added in version 4.87.) That made me think that perhaps
> MailScanner changed to a temporary folder, started Exim to deliver the messages (with
> sendmail2), and then removed that temporary folder before Exim had a chance to initialize
> or deliver the emails.
> I changed MailScanner to not try to deliver in the background, and the issue went away.
> So then I put that back, and updated the Exim.pm code to change to a specific folder before
> attempting the Exim delivery, and that seemed to fix the issue. I don't know if MailScanner
> depends on the working directory not getting changed anywhere - if it does, hopefully
> someone will let me know. I am running MailScanner 4.85.2-3. I did not see any similar
> change since that version. Here is the change I made:
> ===============================================
> --- Exim.pm.old 2015-02-28 12:18:33.000000000 -0500
> +++ Exim.pm 2016-08-17 16:39:58.000000000 -0400
> @@ -1119,6 +1119,7 @@
> my $idlist = join(' ', @ThisBatch);
> $idlist .= ' &' if MailScanner::Config::Value('deliverinbackground');
> #print STDERR "About to do \"Sendmail2 -Mc $idlist\"\n";
> + chdir MailScanner::Config::Value("incomingworkdir");
> system(MailScanner::Config::Value('sendmail2') . ' -Mc ' . $idlist);
> #JJH # JJH's version
> ===============================================
> If it is useful, can you please include it in the source? Thanks.
> Jason
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