Sendmail 8.9.1a zombies & queueing
I see that mailq has 12 queued messages. I think they were
created when sendmail stopped owing to the load in the system
going too high (that's another story!). I now have a number of
zombie sendmail processes that I can't kill and wondered:
a) Can zombied sendmail processes in effect "hold" queued mail?
b) How can I kill zombied sendmail processes (kill -9 created them!)
c) Can anyone think of other things that might be getting things
stuck in the queue? (One is a routine message from root to me
that I can see, i.e. entirely internal; several others are listar list
I'm running 8.9.1a on Debian hamm (yes, I am going to upgrade but
not for a few more weeks).
I'm copying this to the list-support list in case anyone there
recognises this, apologies for cross-posting.
Chris Evans <firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com>
Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy,
Rampton Hospital; Associate R&D Director,
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust;
Hon. SL Institute of Psychiatry
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