Problem with Exim

Ceri Davies ceri at
Sat Feb 12 16:55:03 GMT 2005

On Sat, Feb 12, 2005 at 08:26:48AM -0700, Aaron Dalton wrote:
> Since upgrading to the latest exim (4.44?) I will occasionally notice I 
> am not receiving mail.  I will check the server (ps -ax | grep 'exim') 
> and find that there are dozens of exim processes running (exim -bd 
> -q30m).  I will do ' stop' but that only kills the initial 
> process and not the others.  If I manually kill all the stray processes, 
> as soon as I start receiving mail new ones will appear.  If I reboot, 
> then everything works fine for about 24 hours then it starts to happen 
> again.  Has anybody else had this happen or does anybody know what might 
> be causing the problem?  I do run Exim with Clamav and I keep all my 
> ports updated almost daily.

That's how exim works, pretty much.  Next time it happens, run the
exiwhat script as root and those processes will all report on what they
are doing.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm
not sure about the former.			  -- Einstein (attrib.)
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