Problems with syslogd under 5.2-RELEASE

Josef Karthauser joe at
Mon Jan 12 03:30:42 PST 2004

I upgraded a server to 5.2-RELEASE last weekend and since then I've had
no end of trouble with the postfix mail server.  Mail hangs in the queue
with errors like:

    81D5A90020    15421 Mon Jan 12 10:42:23  email at address
    (temporary failure. Command output: couldn't connect to lmtpd: Unknown
    error: 0_ 421 4.3.0 deliver: couldn't connect to lmtpd_ )

It appears that the lmtpd is hanging on syslog output... nothing is
getting written to syslog at all.

If I kill and restart syslogd by hand I get:

    # /usr/sbin/syslogd -s
    syslogd: timed out waiting for child

Is this a known problem?  Is there a workaround?

Josef Karthauser (joe at
FreeBSD (cvs meister, admin and hacker)
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