Show the exim mail queue
Posted September 9th, 2008 in Email Servers
The exim mail server has a number of command line options including being able to see what's currently in the mail queue. Last week I looked at how to flush the exim mail queue and in this post look at how to view the exim mail queue.
Command to view the queue
To view the exim mail queue issue the following command:
If exim is in /usr/sbin and /usr/sbin is not in your path, you'll need to prefix the command with the full path like so:
The outut from the above commands will look something like so:
4d 1.2K 1Ka6u5-00032Z-Eb <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org 62h 1.2K 1KaRH0-0007QZ-B5 <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org 3h 22K 1KbLHr-0004ev-An <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org
In the above example "email@example.com" is the email address the email is being sent from and firstname.lastname@example.org is the address being sent to. Normally these would be real email addresses but I've changed them for the purposes of this post.
The 4d, 62h and 3h values indicate how long the email message has been in the queue: 4 days, 62 hours and 3 hours respectively.
The x.xK values are the message size.
And the 1Ka6u5-00032Z-Eb etc is the message id and is also the filename of the message on disk, which you will find in /var/spool/exim/msglog and /var/spool/exim/input (the directories may vary depending on your Linux/Unix distribution and/or compiled in settings).
Finding the files with the find command
Using the "find" command you could do this to locate all the relevent files:
find /var/spool/exim -name "1Ka6u5-00032Z-Eb*"
which would display something like this:
/var/spool/exim/msglog/1Ka6u5-00032Z-Eb /var/spool/exim/input/1Ka6u5-00032Z-Eb-D /var/spool/exim/input/1Ka6u5-00032Z-Eb-H
Refer also to my post on how to flush the exim mail queue to then flush the mail queue after you've had a look at it.
- Delete messages from the exim mail queue (Wednesday, November 12th 2014)
- Use exim and exiqsumm to show mail queued by domain (Friday, October 31st 2014)
- Mac mail queue commands (Thursday, February 13th 2014)
- Test validity of email address from the command line with exim (Friday, June 17th 2011)
- Show the sendmail mail queue (Sunday, November 2nd 2008)
- Flush the exim mail queue (Saturday, September 6th 2008)