[Mailman-Users] It seems Postfix is not the problem...

Terry Allen hmag at ozemail.com.au
Sun Jan 9 10:46:18 CET 2005

>After checking and re-checking, it seems I was 
>wrong in thinking Postfix might be the problem. 
>Somehow, I think I've broken Mailman to some 
>extend. Let me elaborate: I was testing mailman 
>by sending messages to the list owner. Nothing, 
>the list owner didn't recieve them, and the 
>sendmail queue was empty. I send a test message 
>to the list. Nothing, the sendmail queue was 
>still empty. Not knowing what else to do, I 
>reboot the Linux server and try to start 
>mailmanctl. It gives me the "stale pid" error so 
>I start it with mailmanctl -s. So far, so good, 
>I think. But still no message recieved. I check 
>the logs, and nothing gives me a clue. Then I 
>find this directory: /usr/local/mailmal/locks. 
>When I do a ls, it gives me lots of .lock files 
>with the name of my list. Deciding I had nothing 
>to lose, I delete them all. Voilá, the list 
>owner starts receiving mail I send 3 days ago 
>and the sendmail queue starts to fill with the 
>test message I send sever or eight hours ago! 
>Tomorrow I'll send another test message (I'll 
>wait for this to finish sending), but what I'd 
>like to know, if someone actually has a clue, is 
>what just did happen, or is happening, and more 
>importantly, will it happen again? I think it 
>has something to do with stale locks, but I 
>can't be sure. So, if someone has an idea, 
>please tell me.
Hi again,
	In looking, I think you are correct - a 
lockfile problem. Hopefully this won't happen 
again. Maybe a full system reboot might be in 
order to clear all the processes.

	Bye for now, Terry Allen 

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