On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 01:09:06PM +0100, John P. Looney wrote:
> I've a big fat qmail queue, mostly full of double bounces, waiting to
> timeout. I've a wee script that'll work out the messages I want to remove
> from the queue.
>> If I have a message /var/qmail/queue/mess/8/29381283, can I just remove
> it, and the other two files associated with it:
> /var/qmail/queue/remote/8/29381283 and /var/qmail/queue/info/8/29381283 ?
No, can't remember exactly why but a running qmail will get confused,
although this should work when qmail is stopped.
> Will it break qmail ? I've seen programs like qmHandle, which removes
> messages...but it shuts down qmail to do it. I really don't want to shut
> down qmail while I'm doing this.
The safest way to do this is to "touch" the info/ file corresponding to
the message you want, and set it to a date long in the past. At the next
failed delivery attempt it will (triple?) bounce and go away. Any other
modification will mean stopping qmail.
The only (tiny) possibility of a problem is if between choosing the
messages and touching the info file, the e-mail disappears and is
replaced by another one with the same number - then you'll expire the
wrong one. Chances are pretty slim, though.
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