I need to manually be able to interact (check, remove, etc) with the postfix mail queue (through scripts and what-not). I know that this generally is a bad idea; so how can I interact with the queue without screwing things up?

I believe one possible solution is to shutdown postfix, do work on the queue, and then start postfix?

  • Why do you think that's a bad idea?
    – phemmer
    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:24
  • "without screwing things up" sort of implies "use the tools provided" rather than manually fudging stuff. Are there specific things you'd want to do that you can't do with the tools postfix provides?
    – Mat
    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:25

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You have two commands: postqueue and postsuper. Check man page for this commands.

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    There is also postcat. @josten, have your tools call postqueue, postsuper, and postcat.
    – phemmer
    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:26

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