[Mimedefang] Debian squeeze postfix mimedefang
andris at hpl.hp.com
Tue Jun 14 21:17:03 EDT 2011
> On 6/14/2011 4:14 PM, David F. Skoll wrote:
> >> The sock file exists and is owned by postfix.
> >> mx02:/etc/postfix# ls -l /var/spool/MIMEDefang/
> >> srwxr-x--- 1 postfix postfix 0 Jun 14 15:26 mimedefang.sock
> > Could it be a transient startup problem? How about permissions on the
> > parent directories? Try:
> > ls -ld / /var /var/spool /var/spool/MIMEDefang
> > to see if any permissions are wrong.
> Jason Bertoch <jason at i6ix.com> wrote:
> While David is probably right, as he usually is, I've also found that a
> "sleep" entry in the startup script between mimedefang and your smtp
> server can solve this problem on busy/slow servers. Technically, I
> usually need to sleep between the multiplexor and mimedefang because my
> servers aren't that slow, but the error is strikingly similar. While
> your logs already indicate a difference of one minute, you should ensure
> that socket exists prior to postfix starting if permissions aren't your
FYI for Debian sendmail users, the same thing needed to be done on a
system running "wheezy", e.g., add the following to
# Start mimedefang
printf "%-59s" "Starting $prog: "
rm -f $SOCKET > /dev/null 2>&1
$PROGDIR/$prog -P $PID -R $LOOPBACK_RESERVED_CONNECTIONS \
if [ $RETVAL = 0 ] ; then
+ # To avoid a warning message when sendmail is started,
+ # give some time to create the Milter socket file.
+ sleep 2
echo "[ OK ]"
As an additional item for Debian mimedefang/sendmail users, you may
need to tweak the ownership of a couple of files:
* We have the following sendmail configuration item:
# what user id do we assume for the majority of the processing?
* As a consequence, the following addition/modification to
`/etc/default/mimedefang' became necessary:
+# Change the ownership of the default MIMEDefang working directory
+# to what this site expects. An upgrade of the mimedefang package
+# will change the ownership back to the default "defang" user.
+# This causes the startup script to fail and "apt-get" will treat
+# the package as incompletely installed.
+chown smmta:smmta /var/spool/MIMEDefang
+chown smmta /var/spool/MIMEDefang/.spamassassin
# Run the multiplexor and filters as this user, not root.
More information about the MIMEDefang