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Subject: Re: Duplication problem (fwd)
From: "Robert A. Hayden" <hayden @ vorlon . mankato . msus . edu>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 1994 22:58:42 +0100
To: Majordomo Users <majordomo-users @ greatcircle . com>

This appears to have been mistakenly sent to just me.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 94 21:19:35 CDT
From: Larry Sheldon <>
To: "Robert A. Hayden" <>
Subject: Re: Duplication problem 

Robert Hayden, continuing the discussion, said:

> On Sat, 16 Jul 1994, John P. Rouillard wrote:
> > Are you the only person getting a second copy of the message? Or is
> > the entire list getting multiple copies?
> The entire list is getting them.
> > Were these letters being sent to multiple addresses? 
> I thought of that, but no.  I've had my own mailings to the list
> duplicated. 
> > Does a particular originator (site, person or mailer) show up more
> > often than any other?
> No, it appears completely random.
> > Are all of the received headers on the messages identical as well?  
> They appear to be identical, at least what I can see here.
> > Well it looked ok to me.
> Hmm.  If it's not majordomo, then it must be sendmail.  Time to go find a 
> Bat Book.

We have a situation here where things at times look a little like what RH
describes--only not every body gets the dupes--and the ones that do, may
get many.

Problem seems to be the sendmail that HP packs in H-PUX does not handle
(all?) I/O errors--given a mail piece with local addresses A, B, C, D, E,
F, . . . X, Y, and Z--if "X" is over-quota, A-W will get a new copy of the
piece every fifteen minutes.  (Position in the address string is not
relevant, "sendmail" croaks on the over-quota, after delivering all before
the problem, and none after it.  And in croaking, leaves the whole shebang
in the queue.

This analysis be somebody who has had trouble getting past the Preface
in the Bat Book.

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