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Re: smtp busylooping

Have you had any luck in tracking this down?

I just installed 2.99.53 on Solaris 8 yesterday and notice I've been
bitten by it twice.  Not only are the messages not delivered, but the
'smtp' process memory footprint gradually grows to exceed the memory
capacity of the server and requires me to take immediate action to keep
the machine running. :-/

I haven't looked at any code yet, but both times 'smtp' started
busylooping and bloating, the delivery was for our MX client.  Meanwhile,
I have gone back to the 2.99.53pre1 version of 'smtp' and that seems to

Roy Bixler
The University of Chicago Press

On Fri, 21 Jul 2000, Eugene Crosser wrote:

> Here is another case of busylooping smtp transport:
> in smtp.c:1761 smtpconn() continiously returns EX_TEMPFAIL
> (I have yet to investigate the reason for that), and
> the process goes into cycle between lines 1754 and 1763...
> Oh, here is the reason for EX_TEMPFAIL:
> in smtp.c:2086 getmxrr() returns EX_UNAVAILABLE, which, a dosen
> lines below, resuts in return EX_TEMPFAIL.
> Let us see how getmxrr() works...
> seems that for some reason mx[i].ai are getting null despite
> mx[i].host are filled with good values; and all mx[*] are
> invalidated around line 4675; then the function returns
> I cannot realize why this may be happening so far...  Anyway,
> as a result of this problem, a bunch of mail cannot ever be
> delivered.  Apparently this always happens for some domains.
> Eugene