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SubjectRe: [Fwd: sendmail fails to deliver mail with attachments in /var/spool/mqueue]
On Fri, 10 Nov 2000, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 10, 2000 at 03:07:46PM -0500, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > It isn't a TCP/IP stack problem. It may be a memory problem. Every time
> > sendmail spawns a child to send the file data, it crashes. That's
> > why the file never gets sent!
> Sure that could be the case. You should be able to verify the kernel kills the
> task with `dmesg`.
> However Jeff said the problem happens over 400K and a 500K attachment shouldn't
> really run any machine out of memory, so maybe this wasn't his same problem?
> Andrea

It ran out of memory. The file got sent fine after I got rid of
all the memory-consumers. Looks like a sendmail bug where they
expect to load a whole file into memory all at once before sending
it. I always thought you could read from a file, then write to
a socket. Maybe I'm old fashioned.

Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.4.0 on an i686 machine (799.54 BogoMips).

"Memory is like gasoline. You use it up when you are running. Of
course you get it all back when you reboot..."; Actual explanation
obtained from the Micro$oft help desk.

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