The postqueue(1) command implements the Postfix user interface
for queue management. It implements operations that are
traditionally available via the sendmail(1) command.
See the postsuper(1) command for queue operations
that require super-user privileges such as deleting a message
from the queue or changing the status of a message.
The following options are recognized:
The main.cf configuration file is in the named directory
instead of the default configuration directory. See also the
MAIL_CONFIG environment setting below.
Flush the queue: attempt to deliver all queued mail.
This option implements the traditional "sendmail -q" command,
by contacting the Postfix qmgr(8) daemon.
Warning: flushing undeliverable mail frequently will result in
poor delivery performance of all other mail.
Produce a traditional sendmail-style queue listing.
This option implements the traditional mailq command,
by contacting the Postfix showq(8) daemon.
Each queue entry shows the queue file ID, message
size, arrival time, sender, and the recipients that still need to
be delivered. If mail could not be delivered upon the last attempt,
the reason for failure is shown. This mode of operation is implemented
by executing the postqueue(1) command. The queue ID string
is followed by an optional status character:
The message is in the active queue, i.e. the message is
selected for delivery.
The message is in the hold queue, i.e. no further delivery
attempt will be made until the mail is taken off hold.
Schedule immediate delivery of all mail that is queued for the named
site. A numerical site must be specified as a valid RFC 2821
address literal enclosed in , just like in email addresses.
The site must be eligible for the "fast flush" service.
See flush(8) for more information about the "fast flush"
This option implements the traditional "sendmail -qRsite"
command, by contacting the Postfix flush(8) daemon.
Enable verbose logging for debugging purposes. Multiple -v
options make the software increasingly verbose. As of Postfix 2.3,
this option is available for the super-user only.
This program is designed to run with set-group ID privileges, so
that it can connect to Postfix daemon processes.
Problems are logged to syslogd(8) and to the standard error
Directory with the main.cf file. In order to avoid exploitation
of set-group ID privileges, a non-standard directory is allowed only
The name is listed in the standard main.cf file with the
alternate_config_directories configuration parameter.
The command is invoked by the super-user.
The following main.cf parameters are especially relevant to
The text below provides only a parameter summary. See
postconf(5) for more details including examples.
A list of non-default Postfix configuration directories that may
be specified with "-c config_directory" on the command line, or
via the MAIL_CONFIG environment parameter.
config_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
The default location of the Postfix main.cf and master.cf
command_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
The location of all postfix administrative commands.
Optional list of destinations that are eligible for per-destination
logfiles with mail that is queued to those destinations.
import_environment (see 'postconf -d' output)
The list of environment parameters that a Postfix process will
import from a non-Postfix parent process.
queue_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
The location of the Postfix top-level queue directory.
The syslog facility of Postfix logging.
The mail system name that is prepended to the process name in syslog
records, so that "smtpd" becomes, for example, "postfix/smtpd".
The time limit for sending a trigger to a Postfix daemon (for
example, the pickup(8) or qmgr(8) daemon).
Available in Postfix version 2.2 and later:
List of users who are authorized to flush the queue.
List of users who are authorized to view the queue.
/var/spool/postfix, mail queue
qmgr(8), queue manager
showq(8), list mail queue
flush(8), fast flush service
sendmail(1), Sendmail-compatible user interface
postsuper(1), privileged queue operations
Use "postconf readme_directory" or
"postconf html_directory" to locate this information.
ETRN_README, Postfix ETRN howto
The Secure Mailer license must be distributed with this software.
The postqueue command was introduced with Postfix version 1.1.
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Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA