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Qmail woes after restore

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by unixguy, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. unixguy

    unixguy Guest

    I recently had a hard drive failure and was forced to restore from backups.

    After the restore local mail delivery is not working correctly.

    The local mail queue will grow. After some time I will run

    /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/mchk --with-spam

    Then I will run a Flush queue

    /usr/local/qmHandle/qmHandle -a

    And all the messages will go.

    The queue will operate and deliver normally for a time - but eventually something will get caught and the entire queue will stop processing.

    There are no errors in /usr/local/psa/var/log/maillog that tell me what message(s) are causing the problem.

    Running qmHandle -a on its own is not enough
    Running mchk --with-spam on its own is not enough. I must run both.

    Can anyone tell me where I should look?

    It is my understanding that mchk will repair/rebuild all Qmail configuration files and restore settings for all mailboxes. So what is it that is coming along and wrecking my qmail configs?

    For the moment I've added a crontab to run mchk and qmHandle -a every 15 minutes -- but this is not a long term solution.

    Many thanks,


    I restored the psa databases, the websites and the /var/qmail directory hierarchy - no problems.

    All the user accounts and passwords are fine.

    Mail sent externally works fine.
  2. blank_page

    blank_page Regular Pleskian

    Dec 17, 2006
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    Check the maillog and see if what the concurrencyremote and concurrencylocal shows.

    Increase those values and see if there are changes.
  3. unixguy

    unixguy Guest

    bad odeivar

    I finally determined that there was a crontab entry running at 10 past the hour called insert_odeivar

    Apparently I had a faulty version of odeivar and this was causing mail to hang. When I would run mchk it would remove the odeivar filter and things would work until the cronjob ran again.

    odeivar is related to my virus filtering.

    Thanks blank_page for your help!