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Manage Mail Queue

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by dxer, May 10, 2004.

  1. dxer

    dxer Well-Known Member

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    What exactly is this Mail Queue section. There are lots of e-mail. Why are they coming here and can I delete this without any problems ?
     
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    It is the outgoing mail queue. This is email waiting (usually) for a remote SMTP server to become available to accept an email that has been sent to it.

    Most modern MTA's (SMTP Servers) allow mail to queue incase there are problems at the recipient end (e.g. their server is down, or otherwise temporarily unavailable).

    This queue retention is subject to the settings at the end of /etc/exim.conf:
    Code:
    ######################################################################
    #                      RETRY CONFIGURATION                           #
    ######################################################################
    
    # This single retry rule applies to all domains and all errors. It specifies
    # retries every 15 minutes for 2 hours, then increasing retry intervals,
    # starting at 1 hour and increasing each time by a factor of 1.5, up to 16
    # hours, then retries every 8 hours until 4 days have passed since the first
    # failed delivery.
    # Domain               Error       Retries
    # ------               -----       -------
    begin retry
    *                      *           F,2h,15m; G,16h,1h,1.5; F,4d,8h
    
    Nowadays, much of the email held in queue is, sadly, spam bounces to innocent third-parties.

    So, yes you can clear the queue. But, you may be denying the delivery of email(s) to valid recipients.
     
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