<ult...@my-deja.com> aka schrieb
mit Datum Wed, 16 Jun 1999 13:39:00 GMT in comp.unix.aix:
!Today our /var/spool/mqueue directory became full. In examining the
!files therein I saw plaintext that looked like system messages. Most
!contained the word "bellmail".
!What is exactly in those files and is it okay to prune or delete them
As others have written, mqueue is for temporary storage of the mail
as it is processed by "sendmail".
Now, "bellmail" is the local mail delivery agent. It should store
mail onto the appropriate files: mailboxes in /var/spool/mail,
certain files in the sending user's homedir for failed local mail,
and other files if directed to do so in /etc/aliases.
If bellmail fails to do so, it generates an error-message. This
error-message is captured by sendmail and put into a delivery-
failure-report to be sent back to the originator of the mail.
This is the usual way how bellmail-messages get into
The most common source of mail on machines where the mail-system
is not used and not administered is cron.
Concerning the question: it depends on how one defines "okay".
I consider it bad style to have a unix running without well
operating mail system, but tastes may differ.
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