[This was originally sent to both the list and Paul Smith, but I hadn't
seen Stephen's note about the bogus DNS data, so now it goes out again
for just the list...sigh]
wz40ft(_at_)tpc(_dot_)natp(_dot_)gmeds(_dot_)com (Paul Smith) writes:
The version of procmail is 3.10. It was compiled directly on the mailserver
machine, since that's where it gets run, but then installed in my home area
which resides on a different server and OS (may or may not be significant).
The mailserver is an IBM 580 or 590 running AIX level 3250.
The fileserver where the binaries are stored is Auspex 1.7M1Z2/SunOS 4.1.3_U1.
My $MAILDIR contained a bunch of files with names like "_B09Gpntpcia0",
which were one byte large and contained a zero. The filedates were all
within one minute of another, so these may be resulting from some diffferent
I believe that these are lockfile in the process of being created. What
does procmail show as it's locking technique (try procmail -v)? When you
configured procmail, did you include a directory mounted from the Auspex
in the list of directories to run the locking tests on?
The log file contained a bunch of
stty: TXGETLD: Not a typewriter
error messages, as well as a bunch of
procmail: Failed forking "test"
error messages, but there's no way of knowing if these all occurred together
from one event, or were spread out, one per incoming mail.
This last bit looks like you a) set SHELL to be something other than
/bin/sh; and b) have a stty in your .cshrc/.tcshrc/.zshrc/.bashrc
Unless you need a non-bourne shell feature (doubtful), you almost
certainly don't want to change SHELL. Also, you should never have
anything depending on the presence of a terminal (i.e., stty, tset,
mesg, biff) in your .cshrc/.tcshrc/.zshrc/.bashrc, but rather place
them in your .login/.profile. There are exceptions, but if one of
those exceptions applied, you would know how to avoid the "stty:
TFOOBAR: Not a typewriter" message.
Philip Guenther UNIX Systems and Network Administrator
Internet: guenther(_at_)gac(_dot_)edu Phonenet: (507) 933-7596
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, MN 56082-1498
Source code never lies (it just misleads). (Programming by Purloined Letter?)