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How can i flush the mqueue from /var/spool/mqueue
do i have to stop any service ....
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by:kiitii
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Flush as in re-submit queue?
You can try to restart the sendmail service, it will re-submit the queue.

# service  sendmail  restart
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by:apunkabollywood
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I do not want to restart any service ... is there any alternative...
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Barry Gill earned 2000 total points
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sendmail -q

that will do it
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by:apunkabollywood
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is this harmful ...
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by:Barry Gill
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no, this simply reloads the queue
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by:ajay_mhasal
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Hi,

Easiest method to remove the mails from mqueue is

# rm -f /var/spool/mqueue/*

and then restart sendmail service.


other methods are
http://www.brandonhutchinson.com/deleting_mail_queue.html
http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?admit=109447626+1281959982570+28353475&threadId=1231286
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by:apunkabollywood
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It is showing the error....

Connecting to sap...
Operating system error
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by:Barry Gill
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the command "sendmail -q" fails?
why is it connecting to SAP?

ok, lets step back a bit, why are you trying to flush the queue, what has happened?
OS error tells me you have run out of disk space or else there is something seriously wrong with your configuration.

if "sendmail" is not on your path, then add the path in front of it so you have /usr/sbin/sendmail -q (or something liek that)
what did your logs say when you tried that?
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by:Barry Gill
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also makes me ask: why not do as kiitii says and restart sendmail? it should have no true impact to you at all unless you have larger problems.
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