mail stuck in sendmail's queue

Michael L Torrie torriem at
Wed Sep 19 16:56:49 MDT 2007

Michael L Torrie wrote:
> very strange indeed.  I wonder how to unlock a locked job.

Turned out to be a filesystem-level lock.  There were still sendmail
processes running for each job (holding the lock), even though I told
/etc/init.d/sendmail to stop or restart.  Now I have a bunch of sendmail
processes in a D state.  Some kind of deadlock caused by my messing with
things.  Probably I'll have to reboot to clear these locks.  Anyway.
For future reference.

> Michael

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