Exim dead but subsys locked

Exim – one of the famous mail server our there. Default mail server of cPanel.

In some cases, you may have to disable Exim. In most cases, it must be due to spamming issues. Before finding and fixing the issue, the first thing you have to do is to stop the spamming activities and the easy way to do that is to disable your Mail service. Otherwise there are chances that your IP may get in Blacklist.

There are several ways to disable Exim. If you stopped the service under “init.d” the “chkservd” service will bring it up. Then the other way is to remove the permission and set attributes.

You guys don’t have to do those things. All you have to do is follow the below two steps.

1) Stop the service

/etc/init.d/exim stop
service exim stop

2) Create an empty file called “eximdisable” under “/etc”

touch /etc/eximdisable

That’s it!! Now when you try to restart or  start the exim service, you will get the following error.

/etc/init.d/exim status
exim dead but subsys locked

That’s means it will remain stopped and “chkservd” can’t start it!

So if you ever  found the error “exim dead but subsys locked”, now you know how to fix it. It’s simple. Just remove that “eximdisable” file. Then you are good to go.

rm -rf  /etc/eximdisable

Now you know how to disable exim and how to fix the error “exim dead but subsys locked”


    • Hi Charqwe1,

      Most of the hosting companies have a mail limit and if you reach the limit then they may block your mail service and this one of the method use to block Exim service.

      Thank you,


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