View the message header and body for an email in the exim mail queue

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You've checked to see what's sitting in the exim mail queue, but want to check the email's header and/or body before deleting it from the queue. Use the -Mvh & -Mvb flags to view these.

Getting the message id

Use "exim -bp" or "mailq" to see what's in the queue to get the message id; you'll need it when you want to view the header or body.

$ exim -bp
 1m   321 1aU276-0001cf-DR 
          chris@example.com

In the above example, 1aU276-0001cf-DR is the message id

Viewing the email header with exim

Run "exim -Mvh [message id]" to see the headers ("h" for header), e.g. using the id above:

$ exim -Mvh 1aU276-0001cf-DR

Viewing the email body with exim

Run "exim -Mvb [message id]" to see the headers ("b" for body), e.g. using the id above:

$ exim -Mvb 1aU276-0001cf-DR


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