mail stuck in sendmail's queue

Michael L Torrie torriem at
Wed Sep 19 16:43:24 MDT 2007

Lonnie Olson wrote:
> 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.

Right.  sendmail is complaining:

Lots of:

Running /var/spool/mqueue/l8BFq4Wa030909 (sequence 23 of 23)
l8BFq4Wa030909: locked

very strange indeed.  I wonder how to unlock a locked job.


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