Friday, 8 August 2008


Today I'm looking at monitoring the throughput of a mail server running RHEL5. Unfortunately the default check_mailq supplied with Nagios just looks at the size of the number of messages in the mailq.

Another problem I encountered was that mailq is not setuid root on this distro. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought I'd have a look at how RH & sendmail measure the size of the queue.
  • /usr/bin/mailq is a symlink to /etc/alternatives/mta-mailq
  • /etc/alternatives/mta-mailq is a symlink to /usr/bin/mailq.sendmail
  • /usr/bin/mailq.sendmail is a symlink to /usr/sbin/sendmail
  • /usr/sbin/sendmail is a symlink to /etc/alternatives/mta
  • /etc/alternatives/mta is a symlink to /usr/sbin/sendmail.sendmail
...of course!

Friday, 1 August 2008

It would appear that the UK Cabinet Office publish guidance on publishing word processor and other files on government websites:
"Microsoft Word (DOC)

Documents can also be saved in Microsoft Word format. ... This is the least desirable format as it is proprietary and it cannot be guaranteed that a reader exists for a particular user’s computer."

Guess what format they use.