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Re: install/39374: The postdrop process sometimes stops the boot process, preventing local and remote logins

The following reply was made to PR install/39374; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Quentin Garnier <>
Subject: Re: install/39374: The postdrop process sometimes stops the boot
        process, preventing local and remote logins
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 03:08:34 +0200

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 On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 12:45:00AM +0000, wrote:
 > >Number:         39374
 > >Category:       install
 > >Synopsis:       The postdrop process sometimes stops the boot process, p=
 reventing local and remote logins
 > >Confidential:   no
 > >Severity:       critical
 > >Priority:       high
 > >Responsible:    install-manager
 > >State:          open
 > >Class:          sw-bug
 > >Submitter-Id:   net
 > >Arrival-Date:   Mon Aug 18 00:45:00 +0000 2008
 > >Originator:     Randolf Richardson
 > >Release:        NetBSD 4.0
 > >Organization:
 > Inter-Corporate Computer & Network Services, Inc.
 > >Environment:
 > NetBSD 4.99.70 NetBSD 4.99.70 (GENERIC) #0: M=
 on Jul 21 04:17:53 PDT 2008  builds@wb38:/home/builds/ab/HEAD/i386/20080721=
 0002Z-obj/home/builds/ab/HEAD/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/GENERIC i386
 > >Description:
 > The message "postdrop: warning: mail_queue_enter: create file maildrop/63=
 5518.167: no such file or directory" appears every second (with the number =
 635518.167 changing).  This continued perpetually, and the "login:" prompt =
 never appears on the console.  SSH logins fail too.
 Which means /var/spool/postfix/maildrop doesn't exist.
 > >How-To-Repeat:
 > I don't know.  This is a fresh installation with only pkgsrc-current and =
 GRUB installed.
 It's obviously _not_ a fresh installation, or something went very wrong
 during the installation.
 My guesses:
   - power cut/panic/whatever and the directory was removed by fsck for
     some reason
   - upgrade from a previous release without proper postinstall
   - ran out of space during installation
   ...  there are probably plenty of other possible reasons, including
        but not limited to the pilot error, of course.
 > >Fix:
 > The following two commands fixed this problem for me (because I don't nee=
 d postfix):
 The correct fix is to have postfix properly setup however it was broken
 before.  I.e., run /etc/postfix/post-install create-missing.
 Quentin Garnier - -
 "See the look on my face from staying too long in one place
 [...] every time the morning breaks I know I'm closer to falling"
 KT Tunstall, Saving My Face, Drastic Fantastic, 2007.
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