Peter Bonivart peter at UCGBOOK.COM
Fri Nov 21 23:09:44 GMT 2003

The default for Sendmail is to retry delivery for 5 days so I never
remove a file less than that. The few times I get orphaned files it's
df-files, not qf. The df-files can't be delivered without the qf (header
file) so it's safe to delete. It could come from a dirty shutdown of
Sendmail processes or the system for example. This link has more info on
the queue files:

You could try "/usr/lib/sendmail -q -v" to see how delivery goes.

/Peter Bonivart

--Unix lovers do it in the Sun

Sun Fire V210, Solaris 9, Sendmail 8.12.10, MailScanner 4.23-11,
SpamAssassin 2.60 + DCC 1.2.9, ClamAV 20030829

Kevin Miller wrote:
> I just upgraded spamassassin to 2.60, which seemed to go fine, but when I
> restarted MailScanner, I did a 'tail -f mail' to make sure things were
> flowing.  I noticed it said it found 48 messages waiting.  Checked mqueue,
> nothing odd there, but looking at there were a number of messages
> pending.  A dozen and a half or so were from today, others going back some
> time.  For some entries both a q[number] and d[number] exist.  Others don't
> have a compliment, some orphaned q[numbers], some orphaned d[numbers].
> I suspect I'll just have to dump the old orphans - not sure what to do w/the
> current pairs.  Gues I could wait a few hours and see if they get moved out
> by themselves.  I restarted MailScanner to see if it would move them, but it
> didn't.
> Any clues?
> ...Kevin
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