Why Is /var/spool/clientmqueue Filled With Many Files ? (Doc ID 1508089.1)

Last updated on JULY 29, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 9 9/05 HW U9 to 11.2 [Release 9.0 to 11.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

An increase of the number of files in /var/spool/clientmqueue is seen together with the following logged events in /var/log/syslog:

...
Oct 19 09:43:09 thorgal sendmail[1299]: [ID 702911 mail.info] grew WorkList for /var/spool/clientmqueue to 2000
Oct 19 09:43:10
thorgal sendmail[1299]: [ID 702911 mail.info] grew WorkList for /var/spool/clientmqueue to 3000
Oct 19 09:43:11
thorgal sendmail[1299]: [ID 702911 mail.info] grew WorkList for /var/spool/clientmqueue to 4000
Oct 19 09:43:11
thorgal sendmail[1299]: [ID 702911 mail.info] grew WorkList for /var/spool/clientmqueue to 5000
...
and eventually:

Oct 19 09:43:14 thorgal sendmail[1299]: [ID 702911 mail.info] FAILED to grow WorkList for /var/spool/clientmqueue to #####

Cause

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