Nigel Metheringham edited this page Nov 29, 2012 · 2 revisions

Q0027

Question

What does the error Spool file is locked mean?

Answer

This is not an error. All it means is that when an Exim delivery process (probably started by a queue runner process) looked at a message in order to start delivering it, it found that another Exim process was already busy delivering it. On a busy system this is quite a common occurrence. If you set -skip_delivery in the log_selector option, these messages are omitted from the log. The only time when this message might indicate a problem is if it is repeated for the same message for a very long time. That would suggest that the process that is delivering the message has somehow got stuck.


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