Installing ssmtp seems to break cron package

Bug #520228 reported by narnie on 2010-02-11
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: ssmtp

It seems that after installing ssmtp, cron process result in zombie processes.

root 14693 0.0 0.0 91236 1660 ? S Feb05 0:00 \_ CRON
root 14694 0.0 0.0 91244 1160 ? S Feb05 0:00 | \_ CRON
woodnt 14696 0.0 0.0 50152 2800 ? S Feb05 0:00 | \_ /usr/sbin/sendmail -i -FCronDaemon -oem woodnt

over and over again

If I have MAILTO="" set, then I get this:

root 1446 0.0 0.0 18708 996 ? Ss 18:48 0:00 cron
root 3631 0.0 0.0 91236 2188 ? S 18:56 0:00 \_ CRON
root 3632 0.0 0.0 91240 1264 ? S 18:56 0:00 | \_ CRON
woodnt 3633 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? Zs 18:56 0:00 | \_ [sh] <defunct>

Repeated ad nauseum

Only thing than kills the process tree is to restart the cron daemon.

I have purged ssmtp and reinstalled bsd-mailx which installed postfix as the MTA and that didn't fix anything. Not sure where the true fault is (cron or ssmtp)

This seems to be a different but, but has some similarities to bug report:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/137785

Thanks,
Narnie

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