Rem P Roberti
rem at remdog.net
Fri Oct 19 16:56:44 PDT 2007
On 2007.10.19 09:35:48 +0000, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> --On Thursday, October 18, 2007 22:46:51 -0700 Rem P Roberti
> <rem at bsd.remdog.net> wrote:
> >I did what you all requested and submitted my Postfix problem to the
> >Postfix list. The resident guru went over my maillog and sent back his
> >analysis which, in short, states that the problem has nothing to do with
> >Postfix, and that I should seek help here to get to the bottom of it
> >all. That reply is listed below. This is a rather strange business.
> OK. FIrst of all, don't top post. It makes it very hard to follow a
> When you install FreeBSD, you are the master of your own domain. That
> means you are completely responsible for everything running on your box.
> When you install Postfix, it installs a startup script in
> /usr/local/etc/rc.d. In order to start postfix, you must either add
> postfix_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf or start postfix manually. If you
> want postfix to start on reboot automatically, you *must* use the entry in
> There are no cron jobs or scheduled tasks installed to restart, reload,
> stop or do anything else to postfix. This means that you, or someone who
> has access to your box, has set this up. If you don't recall doing
> anything, then you're going to have to start troubleshooting.
> Places to look:
> 1) su to root and type "crontab -l" to see if there's a cron job designed
> to manipulate postfix, either directly or through a script. If there is,
> eliminate it. It's not needed.
> 2) Look in /etc/periodic to see if there's anything in there (although
> that's highly unlikely).
> 3) Examine the postfix startup script to see if someone has altered it in
> some way so that it includes a timer that starts and restarts Postfix
> 3) Write a script that monitors processes and can detect when something is
> launched at the same time frame that postfix is going up and down
> 4) Get help from someone knowledgeable who has access to your box
> 5) Did you install a program (like sysutils/monitord) that checks for
> running processes and attempts to restart them if they're not running?
> 6) Is there anything in root's mail that would tip you off to the cause of
> the problem?
> 7) Run postfix in debug mode. Maybe that will help isolate the cause.
This is a follow-up. My friend arrived back home and I explained the
problems that I was having. He said, simple, remark out
postfix_enable="YES" in your rc.conf. I did. Problem solved. Now I
have neither postfix_enable, or sendmail_enable in my rc.conf, and
everything boots without a hitch. This, of course, flies in the face
of everything that I have heard or read about configuring this program.
When I asked what was starting the program if those entries were no
longer operating he said the shell script contained in rc.d.
I need to give this a rest.
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