Archive format and how to resend

Mark Presling mark at PRESLING.COM
Thu Oct 20 04:13:26 IST 2005

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Hi All,

I have a MailScanner setup with Postfix as the MTA. I have been 
archiving email for a while now and suddenly need to recover some email 
for a client who has managed to loose the last 3 days worth of email 
through a config problem.

wha:/var/spool/MailScanner/archive# ll 20051020
total 17M
-rw-------  1 postfix postfix 2.4K Oct 20 06:08 002862E812A.14E0C
-rw-------  1 postfix postfix 1.3K Oct 20 05:47 002D42E812A.069C9
-rw-------  1 postfix postfix 2.0K Oct 20 06:10 020F62E812A.66F55
-rw-------  1 postfix postfix 2.3K Oct 20 05:44 02C142E812A.2DD34
-rw-------  1 postfix postfix 2.2K Oct 20 07:01 02E472E812A.EC424
-rw-------  1 postfix postfix 1.5K Oct 20 13:07 03D7D29C004.65F7E

wha:/var/spool/MailScanner/archive/20051020# file 002862E812A.14E0C
002862E812A.14E0C: data

wha:/var/spool/MailScanner/archive/20051020# head 002862E812A.14E0C
C?           2157             283               1               0T
1129741677S0snd_pcm_hw_params_set_buffer_size_first at skim.comAclient_address=[]Ahelo_name=-1209795080Aprotocol_name=SMTPOhayley at presling.comRhayley@presling.comMN4Received: from -1209795080 (unknown [])N7   by (Postfix) with SMTP id 002862E812ANB    for <hayley at>; Thu, 20 Oct 2005 06:07:57 +1300 (NZDT)N3Received: from (-1209937336 [-1209789520])N1 by (Qmailv1) with ESMTP id A5D3A67DB1N;   for <hayley at>; Wed, 19 Oct 2005 13:02:25 -0400N%Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 13:02:25 -0400N?From: Doctor <snd_pcm_hw_params_set_buffer_size_first at skimX-Priority: 3N0Message-ID: <8895310132.20051019130225 at>N To: Hayley <hayley at>N+Subject: The Ultimate Online PharmaceuticalNMIME-Version: 1.0N$Content-Type: multipart/alternative;N%     boundary="----------82AB3CB11188FA5"N7X-Virus-Scanned: by amavisd-milter (,This is a multi-part messagein MIME format.NN-----------82AB3CB11188FA5Nâ^Ö^ÒContent-Type: text/plainNContent-Transfer-Encoding: 7bitNN

OK. So from that it looks as though MailScanner just makes a straight 
copy of the Postfix message from the hold queue. I have a single Postfix 
instance that puts the message into the hold queue for MailScanner to 
pick up.

What I want to know is how do I resend that file? I have been searching 
the net and the mail archives etc for a while and can't find any info. I 
guess someone must have needed to do this before.

Any suggestions? I have tried copying those files directly into the 
postfix maildrop dir, back into the hold dir, into the incoming dir... 
but neither Postfix or MailScanner picks them up.

Any help would be appreciated. I'm sure it's a simple thing to do.


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