postqueue - Postfix queue control
postqueue [-v] [-c config_dir] -f
postqueue [-v] [-c config_dir] -p
postqueue [-v] [-c config_dir] -s site
The postqueue(1) command implements the Postfix user interface for
queue management. It implements operations that are traditionally
available via the sendmail(1) command. See the postsuper(1) command
for queue operations that require super-user privileges such as delet
ing a message from the queue or changing the status of a message.
The following options are recognized:
The main.cf configuration file is in the named directory instead
of the default configuration directory. See also the MAIL_CONFIG
environment setting below.
-f Flush the queue: attempt to deliver all queued mail.
This option implements the traditional "sendmail -q" command, by
contacting the Postfix qmgr(8) daemon.
Warning: flushing undeliverable mail frequently will result in
poor delivery performance of all other mail.
-p Produce a traditional sendmail-style queue listing. This option
implements the traditional mailq command, by contacting the
Postfix showq(8) daemon.
Each queue entry shows the queue file ID, message size, arrival
time, sender, and the recipients that still need to be deliv
ered. If mail could not be delivered upon the last attempt, the
reason for failure is shown. This mode of operation is imple
mented by executing the postqueue(1) command. The queue ID
string is followed by an optional status character:
* The message is in the active queue, i.e. the message is
selected for delivery.
! The message is in the hold queue, i.e. no further deliv
ery attempt will be made until the mail is taken off
Schedule immediate delivery of all mail that is queued for the
named site. A numerical site must be specified as a valid RFC
2821 address literal enclosed in , just like in email
addresses. The site must be eligible for the "fast flush" ser
vice. See flush(8) for more information about the "fast flush"
This option implements the traditional "sendmail -qRsite" com
mand, by contacting the Postfix flush(8) daemon.
-v Enable verbose logging for debugging purposes. Multiple -v
options make the software increasingly verbose. As of Postfix
2.3, this option is available for the super-user only.
This program is designed to run with set-group ID privileges, so that
it can connect to Postfix daemon processes.
Problems are logged to syslogd(8) and to the standard error stream.
Directory with the main.cf file. In order to avoid exploitation
of set-group ID privileges, a non-standard directory is allowed
The name is listed in the standard main.cf file with the
alternate_config_directories configuration parameter.
The command is invoked by the super-user.
The following main.cf parameters are especially relevant to this pro
gram. The text below provides only a parameter summary. See post
conf(5) for more details including examples.
A list of non-default Postfix configuration directories that may
be specified with "-c config_directory" on the command line, or
via the MAIL_CONFIG environment parameter.
config_directory (see postconf -d output)
The default location of the Postfix main.cf and master.cf con
command_directory (see postconf -d output)
The location of all postfix administrative commands.
Optional list of destinations that are eligible for per-destina
tion logfiles with mail that is queued to those destinations.
import_environment (see postconf -d output)
The list of environment parameters that a Postfix process will
import from a non-Postfix parent process.
queue_directory (see postconf -d output)
The location of the Postfix top-level queue directory.
The syslog facility of Postfix logging.
The mail system name that is prepended to the process name in
syslog records, so that "smtpd" becomes, for example, "post
The time limit for sending a trigger to a Postfix daemon (for
example, the pickup(8) or qmgr(8) daemon).
Available in Postfix version 2.2 and later:
List of users who are authorized to flush the queue.
List of users who are authorized to view the queue.
/var/spool/postfix, mail queue
qmgr(8), queue manager
showq(8), list mail queue
flush(8), fast flush service
sendmail(1), Sendmail-compatible user interface
postsuper(1), privileged queue operations
Use "postconf readme_directory" or "postconf html_directory" to locate
ETRN_README, Postfix ETRN howto
The Secure Mailer license must be distributed with this software.
The postqueue command was introduced with Postfix version 1.1.
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