mail stuck in sendmail's queue

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at
Wed Sep 19 14:20:12 MDT 2007

On 19 Sep 2007, at 12:24, Michael L Torrie wrote:

> So I have a bunch of messages that originated with mailman that are
> stuck in the sendmail queue because someone put in a bad local address
> in the list, and so the messages are stuck on that bad address, and  
> not
> delivering to the remainder of the list.  I added a temporary alias  
> for
> this bad address, but restarting sendmail won't process these messages
> that are stuck.  Does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with this?
> I've asked sendmail to reprocess the queue with sendmail -q (and  
> various
> variants of -q), but no dice.  They'rejust stuck, and there are no
> messages in /var/log/maillog to indicate it's even trying again.  If a
> sendmail guru might be able to help out, that would be wonderful!

Do you want to just remove them?  Or have them delivered?

If you want to remove them you should be able to find them in the / 
var/spool/mqueue (on FreeBSD probably something similar under Linux)  


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