Sendmail: Process the Queue Manually When the Load Average is High

Posted January 13, 2004 by Michilimackinac in Sendmail

This command can be useful when the load average is high (not due to sendmail), and you want to flush all the mail off the system.


sendmail -OQueueLA=100 -q 0 -v

This will run through the queue once and process what it can (assuming, of course, that the load average is below 100 as in this case).

Note: Many sendmail options in the sendmail.cf file can be overridden with the “-O” option in this fashion.

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