[Mimedefang] Mail delay due to "Cannot mkdir(Work): No suchfileor directory" error in maillog

Subodh Rawat (NPI) subodhr at networkprograms.com
Fri Dec 23 09:14:38 EST 2005

I dont think there is a disk space problem. Please see the df -i output. 
Its shows /var is occupied with 2% only.

[root at mail /]# df -i
Filesystem            Inodes       IUsed     IFree        IUse% 
Mounted on
/dev/sda8            1349248   32857      1316391    3%      /
/dev/sda3              26208      44           26164        1%     /boot
none                  257678       1              257677      1% 
/dev/sda5             426816      105783  321033       25%     /usr
/dev/sda9            6344576      108955 6235621     2%     /var
/dev/sda2             362112      7574      354538      3%     /home

Another thing I have noticed is that email clients (Outlook express) 
shows error of "Please try again later" and after 2-3 minutes mail gets 
Can it be related to Max number of Processes and Max number of requests 
a process can handle (/etc/init.d/mimedefang file).

I have increased MX_REQUESTS=500 from default 200 (Maximum number of 
request a process can handle) and MX_MAXIMUM=50 from default 10 (Maximum 
number of processes that can run).

I am monitoring it and hoping to have a good result after changing these 
two parameters. I will post again if there is any improvement.

Meanwhile if any one has any clue, please let me know.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Les Mikesell" <les at futuresource.com>
To: <mimedefang at lists.roaringpenguin.com>
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Mimedefang] Mail delay due to "Cannot mkdir(Work): No 
suchfileor directory" error in maillog

> On Fri, 2005-12-23 at 00:25, Subodh Rawat (NPI) wrote:
>> I dont think it is a permission issue. Had it been a permission 
>> issue,
>> it would have been  permanent. However, in our case, its temporary. I
>> would say, that this problem is coming with 10% of mails only and 
>> client
>> (Oulook express or others) gets a message "Please try later" ind of.
>> Any way, we have following permission to /var/spool/MIMEDEFANG :
>> Directory is owned by defang.defang with 700 permission.
>> Please suggest.
> Could you be running short of disk space or inodes (df -i) on
> the filesystem with the problem?  Maybe you have a quarantine
> directory that needs to be cleaned.
> -- 
>  Les Mikesell
>   les at futuresource.com

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