Delete spam mail from queue

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by sandiphw, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. sandiphw

    sandiphw New Member

    We are receiving thousands of mails having unknown recipients in our domain which all paralyzed our mail system. Please see the mails stucked up in
    -Queue ID- --Size-- ----Arrival Time---- -Sender/Recipient-------
    561251991FE0* 2865 Sun Mar 9 09:17:15 MAILER-DAEMON

    DFDB61991287* 3126 Sun Mar 9 09:19:23 MAILER-DAEMON

    75FB31991349* 2893 Sun Mar 9 09:19:08 MAILER-DAEMON

    D164819912BF* 4101 Sun Mar 9 09:19:12 MAILER-DAEMON

    26B521991480* 4055 Sun Mar 9 09:19:14 MAILER-DAEMON

    478F51991254* 3632 Sun Mar 9 09:19:18 MAILER-DAEMON

    A26F219912B2* 2944 Sun Mar 9 09:19:26 MAILER-DAEMON

    D413519912E6* 3040 Sun Mar 9 09:19:32 MAILER-DAEMON

    CFE871991495* 3409 Sun Mar 9 09:19:37 MAILER-DAEMON

    D8C0019914BD* 3472 Sun Mar 9 09:19:43 MAILER-DAEMON

    1CFE61991FF0* 2940 Sun Mar 9 09:19:09 MAILER-DAEMON

    How can I delete all these junk mails at a single command as per your suggestion? I don't have the e-mail of sender of these mails. is our domain. We are using zimbra 3.1.1 on Fedora 5.

    Any help regarding this will be highly appreciated.

    Sandip K Sadhukhan
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    If you want to clear the whole mail queue, run
    postsuper -d ALL
  3. sandiphw

    sandiphw New Member

    That will delete necessary mails also. Is there anyway I can delete mails only from "MAILER-DAEMON" ?

  4. minskog

    minskog New Member

    I have this script for this situations ;)

    mailq | tail -n +2 | grep -v '^ *(' | awk  'BEGIN { RS = "" }
    # $7=sender, $8=recipient1, $9=recipient2
    { if ($7 == "MAILER-DAEMON" )
        print $1 }
    ' | tr -d '*!' | postsuper -d -
  5. sandiphw

    sandiphw New Member


    Your full script is not visible. Can you please post the full code or send me at

  6. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Yes that's true, but you can also:

    postsuper -r *QUEUE ID* (for releasing one)
    postsuper -r ALL (for releasing ALL)
    postsuper -d *QUEUE ID* (for deleting one)
    postsuper -d ALL (for deleting ALL)


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