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On Wed, 18 Sep 1996, Martin Steffen wrote:
The problem I encounter is, that from time to time the machine, delivering
the mail, gets more and more sluggish, the load slowly increases ever
more. The reason for this behaviour is unknown to me, and also for the
system administration. I hope, it's not my use of procmail. Anyway, in this
situation procmail reacts very, very, slowly (in terms of hours). On the
mentioned machine one can see then a number of procmail-processes all
working and I'm the owner, which makes me one prime suspect of slowing down
I suspect you are using a global LOCKFILE in your .procmailrc . This
would imply that procmail can only work on one message at a time. You'd
better use local lockfiles (i.e., on a per-recipe basis - the second
colon on the first line). That way, procmail can deliver files to several
mailboxes at once.
So, the question is: how can I kill procmail processes, maybe the relieves
the machine (I found something about killing provmail in the procmail
manpage, but found it cryptic. At least kill -9 doesn't work.)
I'm not a sendmail expert, but I think that when you kill a procmail
process, sendmail simply requeues the mail, so it generates a new
Thus, killing procmail (even with -9) doesn't help.
Guy Geens <guy(_dot_)geens(_at_)elis(_dot_)rug(_dot_)ac(_dot_)be>: Ph.D.
student at ELIS -- TFCG / IMEC
Home Page: http://www.elis.rug.ac.be/ELISgroups/tfcg/staff/gg.html
finger ggeens(_at_)elis(_dot_)rug(_dot_)ac(_dot_)be for PGP public keys (or use
I hate this damn machine, I wish they would sell it.
It never does what I want, But only what I tell it.
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