Re: mqueue question
Vivek Kumar wrote:
Is there any problem is deleting all the mail queues from mqueue
directory ?? I got lot of files in that directory. Also when i used
mailq command I get a long list.
When i do ps -ef | grep sendmail, I see few sendmail processes ends with
email id and user open. I feel these email-ids are the junk mails. Can i
delete those processes or not ??
It's been a while since I've used sendmail, but I don't think that just
deleting the messages unless you're sure they are bad is a good idea. I
don't know if sendmail keeps some state file, or if it just acts on what
it finds in the directories. You could try stopping sendmail and
deleting the messages and then starting sendmail again. Before you do
that, consider the following:
Have you looked at the mail log? /var/log/maillog
Watch that ( tail -f ) to see if sendmail is trying to re-send those
messages. It shouldn't collect 'junk' over time. It will normally try to
resend messages for up to five days if there are DNS or network issues.
After the five days it will try and return the mail to the sender (which
may also take some time if the senders don't have local mail boxes).
Is all the mail that sendmail handles for local accounts, or might you
be allowing other sites to relay through you?