Best way to measure sendmail queue depth?

Julian Field MailScanner at
Mon Jun 19 17:37:37 IST 2006

Stephen Swaney wrote:
> Absolutely. That's why I recommend running:
> find /var/spool/ -mmin +120 -exec ls -l {} \; | more
If you are doing this frequently, or expect to get quite a lot of files 
listed, then this will be faster:
find /var/spool/ -mmin +120 -print | xargs ls -l | more
as it will run the fewest "ls" processes possible, whereas the previous 
version will run 1 "ls" for each file output.

Using xargs makes a huge difference when you are doing an operation on a 
lot of files using your "find" command.

Julian Field
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