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Exim , MailScanner lot of Defunct

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by burachat, May 12, 2006.

  1. burachat

    burachat Active Member

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    Hi Guys ,

    I don't know you guys have this problem or not ,

    We have been using mailScanner for a long time , and it's having a lot of defunct and also with exim too .

    I don't know that there's anything wrong with my system or not .

    But do you have any suggestion what could be the cause ?
    Traffic , mis-configuration?

    Please advise ,

    By the way , i'm using waytotheweb 's mailscanner package ...
    it's working well , but i'm just too paranoid with the defunct and zombie process.
     
  2. AndyReed

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    You can kill all instances of mailscanner and stop exim, then restart both services. There is no need to worry, since MailScanner and exim are working properly.
     
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    Hi AndyReed ,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I have tried stop and start both exim and mailscanner a lot of times but seem that every time when i have the mail coming in , the mailscanner process will be zombied , and for a while it 's gone , but most of the time exim process is permanently zombied until i restarted server.

    Any ideas on this one ?

    Thank you Guys ,
    George
     
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    SSH to the server and issue these commands (in that order):
    ps auxfwww
    The second column from the left shows the PID for each user
    kill -9 PID
    PID is the number for any process you wish to stop.
    then
    /sbin/service MailScanner start
    /sbin/service exim restart
     
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    There is no need whatsoever to restart MailScanner if you see <dufunt> processes. They are completely normal and expected and have no effect on the running system.
     
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    Ok Chirpy ,

    If it's like that , so i'm relieved.

    Thank you for your post.

    George
     
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