Repeating e-mails

Question has anyone in postfix and / or amavis ever seen
repeating e-amils with binary attachments to them?


Re: Repeating e-mails

By Wietse Venema at 04/26/2010 - 08:29

The Doctor:

You have an SMTP-based filter that takes two minutes to process a
5MB message. See my logfile analysis of a few days ago.

This causes the sender (into the filter) to time out. As per the
SMTP protocol, this is a "temporary" error condition.

The SMTP protocol requires that senders retry delivery after a
"temporary" error, until the message expires in the queue.


Re: Re: Repeating e-mails

By Charles Gregory at 04/26/2010 - 09:17

If it helps any, I recently ran into a sudden increase in filtering time
(and the resulting repeating mails) as a result of a CLAMAV update.

I discovered that my script was using 'clamscan' rather than 'clamdscan'
(with the 'd' to use the clamd daemon). I started using clamdscan and
processing time dropped back down to the appropriate 10-20 seconds.

- Charles

Re: Repeating e-mails

By Erik Logtenberg at 04/26/2010 - 07:39

I think many subscribers to this list have seen mail loops of all sorts,
perhaps even purposely created such loops (for instance to test
throttling features). So the direct answer to your question is without a
doubt: "yes".

If you have a specific problem that you'd like to solve, please
elaborate a bit on the situation, include relevant parts of logfiles
and/or headers and most importantly describe exactly what happens.

I.e. are your duplicated mails delivered locally, or sent out by SMTP,
are the mails exactly the same or are certain properties different
(queue ID's for instance). Does the duplication only happen in certain
cases - you mention binary attachments, are mails without attachments or
with other types/sizes of attachments delivered without problems?