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michael 07-25-2008 10:12 AM

exim: frozen messages
 
In my exim4/mainlog I see numerous errors/warnings such as

2007-06-21 06:27:32 1I1FCe-0001RW-30 <= root@ratty U=root P=local S=1000
2007-06-21 06:27:32 1I1FCe-0001RW-30 ** mbane@ratty <root@ratty>:
Unrouteable address
2007-06-21 06:27:32 1I1FCe-0001Rd-85 <= <> R=1I1FCe-0001RW-30
U=Debian-exim P=local S=1803
2007-06-21 06:27:32 1I1FCe-0001Rd-85 ** mbane@ratty <root@ratty>:
Unrouteable address
2007-06-21 06:27:32 1I1FCe-0001Rd-85 Frozen (delivery error message)
2007-06-21 06:27:32 1I1FCe-0001RW-30 Completed
2007-06-21 06:43:02 Start queue run: pid=6489
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I17LO-0002jr-NL Message is frozen
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I0WFY-0002Ys-G7 Unfrozen by errmsg timer
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I0WFY-0002Ys-G7 ** mbane@ratty <root@ratty>:
Unrouteable address
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I0WFY-0002Ys-G7 mbane@ratty <root@ratty>: error
ignored
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I0WFY-0002Ys-G7 Completed
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I1FCe-0001Rd-85 Message is frozen
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I0krq-0002Dm-9k Message is frozen
2007-06-21 06:43:02 1I0sj6-0000xH-Rw Message is frozen
2007-06-21 06:43:02 End queue run: pid=6489

These are from the start of the log but they continue up to the current
day, albeit for different message IDs.

I've no user 'mbane' on the machine (ratty) so how can I unfreeze these
messages and work out where they're coming from?

Cheers, Michael


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Dave Sherohman 07-25-2008 03:29 PM

exim: frozen messages
 
On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 11:12:38AM +0100, michael wrote:
> I've no user 'mbane' on the machine (ratty) so how can I unfreeze these
> messages and work out where they're coming from?

"Freezing" a message only prevents additional delivery attempts from
being made until a relatively long time (I think a day, but I'm not
sure) has passed. If you're not going to do anything to make mail to
user mbane deliverable, there's no need (or reason) to unfreeze them.

To examine their content, use `locate` to find the files with one of the
message IDs. There should be two files whose names are the message ID,
one with a -H (headers) suffix and one with a -D (data; the message
body) suffix. They're plain text, even for frozen messages, so you
should be able to examine those for whatever information you need to
determine the source.

Personally, though, I tend to assume that messages to nonexistent users
are spam and ignore them.

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