[GE users] seeking more detail on spool log msgs relating to mailer failure

Chris Dagdigian dag at sonsorol.org
Thu Sep 11 14:24:05 BST 2008

Hi folks,

{ tried to email this yesterday but I think spam filters ate it ... }

I have a situation with SGE 6.1u4 on an Apple OS X system ...

(1) /usr/bin/mail works perfectly from the command line
(2) /usr/bin/mail configured as the SGE mailer produces no email
(3) substituting a wrapper with extra logging also produces no logs or  

The only clue is in the spool logs:

> 09/10/2008 16:22:07|execd|xxx-fs01|E|mailer had timeout - killing
> 09/10/2008 16:22:07|execd|xxx-fs01|E|mailer exited with exit status  
> = 1
> 09/10/2008 16:22:19|execd|xxx-fs01|E|mailer had timeout - killing
> 09/10/2008 16:22:19|execd|xxx-fs01|E|mailer exited with exit status  
> = 1

This error shows up almost instantly when we submit a job with "-m b"  
so I'm not sure what the timeout would be.

There don't seem to be any path or permission problems. I can run /usr/ 
bin/mail as root and as user 'sgeadmin' just fine. Same with the  
logging wrapper we substituted.

Is there any more background available on what the actual cause behind  
the spool errors could be?

If not path, permission or syntax error what could it be?


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