mail stuck in sendmail's queue

Lonnie Olson lists at
Wed Sep 19 15:36:41 MDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-09-19 at 15:22 -0600, Michael L Torrie wrote:
> Jonathan Duncan wrote:
> > 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)  
> > directory.
> I want them delivered.  As it stands now the message was successfully
> delivered to everyone on  the list up to the point of the bad address.
> Now I've fixed the bad address and want it ti just send the rest of the
> messages.  I can see them in /var/spool/mqueue, but I have no idea how
> to force sendmail to give them another shot.

sendmail -q
  This will fork into the background and start processing the queue.
sendmail -v -q
  This will stay in the foreground and display the progress of each
message as it goes.  It is slower since it won't fork a separate process
per message, but will clearly explain the process.


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