Strangeness in Postfix and MySQL

Okay, so I really don’t have any servers that are utterly dependent on having Postfix/MySQL working, but since I moved over to this new server a couple weeks ago, I’ve had some interesting issues I needed to address.


Not sure how this happens, but every so often, when I restart Postfix, I get a very strange error. Yes, very strange indeed:

# /etc/init.d/postfix restart

Shutting down postfix: [FAILED]
Starting postfix: [FAILED]
# tail /var/log/maillog


Aug 31 17:20:19 herlo postfix/postalias[14682]: fatal: open database /etc/aliases.db: Unknown error 4294936318


This is the error I get. Strange thing is, no matter what I try, I can’t get it to restart. This has happened more than one time too. Each time, I spend several hours trying to get Postfix back up and running, and eventually, after trying a million and one things, it is running again. Though I have no idea why.

This last time was no different. I invoked the ‘help’ button on #utah and a few other useful resources I had, nobody seemed to be able to identify what the exact problem was. After a while, I put together in my head that it might be related to my failed attempt (so far) to install Sympa, which requires MySQL to run. However, I’ve since removed any/all mention of Sympa from my configs, so I am not sure where that is coming from yet.

At this point, at least I have a viable bandaid to my problem, but its not a fix. If anyone out there can point me in the direction of other resources that might help, I’d be greatly appreciative, possibly even convince Joseph Hall to bake you a cake or something.



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3 Responses to Strangeness in Postfix and MySQL

  1. Have you tried rebuilding the aliases table?

    # postalias /etc/aliases

  2. Joseph Hall says:

    Build, man. The correct word is build. As in, “maybe I’ll build her a cake or something.”

    Just out of curiosity, what in the world would inspire you try and convince that Joseph Hall guy to build a cake of all things? Why not a baklava or something?

  3. herlo says:


    Yes, I have tried that, among many other things. It is fair to say that I have been reading about this problem for sometime. Fortunately for me, I have setup Postfix before.

    Thanx for the input however, this does not win you the contest for Joseph to “build” you a nice element of food.  Better luck next time!

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