[Bug 187034] New: spamd doesn't start when network is down

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           Summary: spamd doesn't start when network is down
           Product: Fedora Core
           Version: fc5
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: normal
         Component: spamassassin
        AssignedTo: wtogami at redhat.com
        ReportedBy: dbaron at dbaron.org
                CC: fedora-perl-devel-
                    list at redhat.com,felicity at kluge.net,jm at jmason.org,parkerm
                    @pobox.com,reg+redhat at sidney.com,wtogami at redhat.com

Description of problem:  spamd doesn't start up if the network is down.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. /sbin/service NetworkManager stop, /sbin/ifdown eth0, or whatever turns off
your network connectivity
2. /sbin/service spamassasin start (or restart, if it's already running)
Actual results:
Starting spamd:                                            [FAILED]

Expected results:
Starting spamd:                                            [  OK  ]

Additional info:

This worked fine in Fedora Core 4.

This makes it very painful to use spamd on a laptop that uses NetworkManager and
fetchmail.  After a reboot, all the spam gets through, so I had to switch back
to spamassassin, which is much slower and uses tons of CPU.

I imagine it could also be a problem on servers that reboot if the network is
down transiently (e.g., coming back after a power outage, network equipment not
fully back yet).

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