[Pkg-exim4-users] multiple copies of exim4 running

Gerard Hooton ghooton at bbns.ie
Mon Jan 12 10:35:08 UTC 2009

Thanks Johann for you reply,
My understanding is that for each connection a new exim4 process is started.
When the connection is dropped (completed the delivery of a message to the
server for example) then
that process should die ?? It would appear that on my system the process
remains after the connection drops.
Is my understanding on this correct?

Also, where do specify how many connections I want to allow?
I have split config files on my debian server.


"Johann Spies" <jspies at sun.ac.za> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 05:22:39PM +0000, Gerard Hooton wrote:
>> Can any one help me with this.
>> The number of processes grows to a point where I get 
>> "too many connections" messages in the log file and the server stops
>> excepting emials.
> This is normal.
> I have just checked on one of our mail servers and 'ps aux | grep -c
> [e]xim' shows '30'.
> The 'too many connections' message in the log is just one of the
> mechanisms to protect your system against overloading.  You can
> specify how many connections you want to allow. 
> Regards
> Johann
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Gerard Hooton

Systems Administrator

Blarney Boy's National School,


Co. Cork

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