On Tue, 3 Apr 2001, David W. Tamkin wrote:
Wild guess: maybe there's a problem writing to his mail spool.
Second wild guess: he has a leftover lockfile on his spool (or a leftover
kernel lock?) from an old procmail process that aborted, and every message
he gets has procmail waiting for that lock to go away.
Bingo. Removed the old lock (from 03/28/2001 no less) and the system
cleared up within 5 minutes.
Some side advice -- don't use four processes where two can do the job:
ps -ef | grep -c 'skeeters.*procmail'
Ah, I always overlook the count option of grep. Thanks for all the help.
Kip Turk phone: 915.234.5678
Systems Administrator or 800.695.9016
Killer of Spam/Writer of Code/Penguin Proponent
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