On Tue, 11 Mar 2008, Sebastian Hoffmann wrote:

> This was why I postet the settings from the sendmail-milter:
> "INPUT_MAIL_FILTER(`spamassassin',
> S=3Dlocal:/var/spamd/spamass-milter.sock,
> F=3D,T=3DC:15m;S:4m;R:4m;E:10m')
> INPUT_MAIL_FILTER(`clmilter',
> S=3Dlocal:/var/run/clamav/clmilter.socket,
> F=3D,T=3DS:4m;R:4m=B4)
> dnl define(`confINPUT_MAIL_FILTERS', `clmilter,spamassassin,clmilter') "
> All timeouts here are set in minutes for the milter, not in seconds, or
> even a setting with ":10s". I thought that these were the settings for
> the milter, arent't they?
> Does anybody know where I can increse an value that seemes to be set to
> 10 seconds by default? I don't know where to start...


The timeout parameters in your sendmail .mc/.cf file are for the
communications from sendmail -to- the milter daemon. There is another
conversation that is going on between the milter daemon and spamd.
(IE sendmail passes the message to the milter daemon, the milter daemon
passes it on to spamd, spamd processes the message and replies to the
milter daemon, the milter daemon then reports back to sendmail).

So it looks like your milter daemon has a short (10s) timeout for when
-it- talks to spamd, so if spamd takes more than 10s to process the
message and reply back to the milter daemon, the milter daemon declares
spamd to be non-responding and errors out. (that's an unrealisticly short

So you need to look at the configuration of the milter daemon to see how
to change its timeouts. That may be a config option or may be hardcoded
inside the milter.

Which specific milter are you using? Do you have the source code for it?

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