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email reception delayed several days for some messages.

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by jols, May 4, 2006.

  1. jols

    jols Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2004
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    We keep getting reports of email reception being delayed for days, for some incoming messages.

    Our email queue in WHM is often something like 16 days deep.

    I have just come accross the following in another forum, and would like to ask those who know exim if the following makes sense:

    I get tons and tons of mails in the queue too, so what I do when I'm setting up a new server, I login via SSH and set up in the crontab:

    25 5 * * * /usr/sbin/exim_tidydb -t 1d /var/spool/exim retry > /dev/null
    30 5 * * * /usr/sbin/exim_tidydb -t 1d /var/spool/exim reject > /dev/null
    35 5 * * * /usr/sbin/exim_tidydb -t 1d /var/spool/exim wait-remote_smtp > /dev/null

    And also I set up a cron to run this a few times a day:
    0 6 * * * /usr/sbin/exim -qff > /dev/null

    I have to do that because I have clients with LARGE mailing lists, and if I don't keep the mail queue under control the servers will crash. Yours will crash, too, if you don't do something about those 18,000 mails a day.


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