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Bug 451627 - spamd processes blocked, "prefork: select returned -1! recovering: Bad file descriptor"
Summary: spamd processes blocked, "prefork: select returned -1! recovering: Bad file d...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: spamassassin
Version: 4.8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Petr Lautrbach
QA Contact: qe-baseos-daemons
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-06-16 09:55 UTC by David Tonhofer
Modified: 2012-06-20 16:04 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2012-06-20 16:04:23 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Lines of "spamd" left in the mail syloglog (extract) (deleted)
2008-06-16 09:58 UTC, David Tonhofer
no flags Details

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
SpamAssassin 5313 None None None Never

Description David Tonhofer 2008-06-16 09:55:48 UTC
Description of problem:

Sometimes spamd gets into a state where it seems to be unable to process mails
and from which it cannot get out.

The log shows long runs of 

"prefork: select returned -1! recovering: Bad file descriptor"

followed by what I understand to be attempts by spamd to start subprocesses.
This goes on until restart. Attached an extract of the mail log.

This does not happen really often, once every two months or so. But the system
only has about 20 users. A restart helps. 

Unfortunately, not much more info for now.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Comment 1 David Tonhofer 2008-06-16 09:58:05 UTC
Created attachment 309476 [details]
Lines of "spamd" left in the mail syloglog (extract)

Comment 2 Radu Greab 2008-07-25 23:51:22 UTC
Added a reference to the upstream bug #5313.

Comment 3 Warren Togami 2008-07-26 05:29:36 UTC
It looks like this was fixed in spamassassin-3.2.0.  RHEL4 has
spamassassin-3.2.4-1.el4.1 yet you still have this problem?

Comment 4 Radu Greab 2008-07-26 11:40:19 UTC
I personally use spamassassin on CentOS systems and CentOS has
spamassassin-3.1.9-1.el4. I was not aware until now of this version mismatch.

I don't know if the reporter is running CentOS too or he is using an older RHEL4
release. If he uses RHEL4, the issue, as you said, should be already fixed if he

Comment 5 David Tonhofer 2008-07-26 22:44:22 UTC
Original reporter here. As indicated, this is a RHEL4 with a 3.1.9-1.el4.1. 

Version 3.2.4 is indeed out, so it's time to upgrade.

Comment 6 Jiri Pallich 2012-06-20 16:04:23 UTC
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