Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

April 17, 2004

my email is down

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 2:26 PM

fiasco, the colocated server that handles all email for, appears to be having some qmail problems. I suspect Shachar’s anti-virus installation, as qmail complains about ‘temporary problems after the DATA stage’, which is exactly the point I’d expect the anti-virus to kick in.

I took a look at the server and restarted clamav and qmail, but that didn’t work. We have a pretty complicated setup and I’m afraid to mess it up worse than it is right now, so I guess it’ll wait until Shachar gets back 😦

[edit: should’ve thought of it earlier… you can always reach me at muli(at)]


  1. oh dear… i just sent u an email a couple of hours ago. do you have an alternative email?

    Comment by ideawerkz — April 17, 2004 @ 5:02 AM | Reply

  2. Ah, good ol’ Qmail. I had to perform a lot of black magic (read: patching the source with random unofficial patches) this past weekend just to get it to actually reject invalid incoming e-mail addresses at SMTP-time instead of generating bounces (which does nothing useful except fill up the remote queue).

    Comment by compwiz — April 17, 2004 @ 8:21 AM | Reply

  3. Just so people reading in retrospect know
    It turned out to be a bug in amavis-ng. They used a perl SUID script with “#!/usr/bin/suidperl” instead of “#!/usr/bin/perl”.
    I got the angry fiasco mob to agree to put the anti-virus back in, and to let me use fiasco as outbound relay (yippee! :-D) pretending it’s “for making sure we know as soon as a problem happens again”.
    Email was down for less than 24 hours. Will be a lot less next time.
    Linuxjurnal doesn’t have my name in the spell checker, but does have “yippee”…….

    Comment by Anonymous — May 1, 2004 @ 9:15 AM | Reply

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