quarantined HAM in queue files

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 13:33:16 IST 2007

On 26/04/07, Drew Marshall <drew at technologytiger.net> wrote:
> On Thu, April 26, 2007 10:16, Bart van den Heuvel wrote:
> > OK, so i can leave the extention out when i copy the queue file.
> Well sort of. You shouldn't be copying anything with that extension. if
> you cd /var/spool/MailScanner/quarantine/<date>/<queuefile>.<4digits> and
> list the contents, what do you get?
> You should see another file just called <queuefile> this is the one to
> change the permissions, owner (If required) and copy to the relevent
> queue.

True for the "normal" quarantine Drew... But I think Bart is looking
at the spam quarantine, where he just has the queue file (if
quarantining non-queue files, it'd be the RFC822-decoded message in a
file named <queue ID>.<random 5>). So... We're not (hopefully)
completely wrong:-).

> > The main problem is that if i requeue the file in the respective queue the
> > message stands there until i do a (in webmin it is also not mentioned as a
> > queued message):
> >
> > postfix check
> >
> > then the file disapeares into nothingness, it is never mentioned in any
> > log (/var/log/mail.log) even postfix -vv check never mentionds the queue
> > file operation.
> The reason the file you are copying will go is that Postfix will recreate
> the hashed queue directories if it detects no mail in the queue. The file
> you have been moving about can't be a queue file (As Postfix knows it) or
> it would have been detected and processed.

Hm. Might it actually be an RFC822 file? Easy enough to check with a
regular pager like less, and possibly postcat. ... In which case the
advice about using sendmail (the conveniance command) or similar tool
would come into play (from the wiki doc).

-- Glenn
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