How to delete locked mails from mail queue (Exim)

Ya its something different from normal deletion of mails from exim mail queue. Here I’m explaining how to remove locked emails from queue. I got an error like this “Message 1AdTsr-0089tc-F6 is locked” This happens because the mail id ’1PN63s-0005r4-Oh’ is being processed by an exim process. As such it is required to first kill the corresponding exim process and then removing the mail from mail queue.

So first kill that process corresponding with the Message ID them remove the mail from exim mail queue.

[root@EcLinux]# ps aux|grep ‘message ID’
[root@EcLinux]# kill -9 ‘pid’
[root@EcLinux]# exim -Mrm ‘message ID’

In this case message ID is 1AdTsr-0089tc-F6 So commands comes like’
[root@EcLinux]# ps aux|grep 1AdTsr-0089tc-F6
[root@EcLinux]# kill -9 ‘pid’
[root@EcLinux]# exim -Mrm 1AdTsr-0089tc-F6

Alternate method

Stop the exim service and remove all locked mails from queue.
[root@EcLinux]# /etc/rc.d/init.d/exim stop
Delete the message in your Mail Queue
[root@EcLinux]# /etc/rc.d/init.d/exim start

Thats it… 🙂

Arunlal Ashok

DevOps (Server & Cloud infrastructure) Engineer. I'm dealing Linux servers since 2012. I started this blog to share and discuss my ideas. Always happy for an open discussion! Write to arun (@) crybit (dot) com

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  1. January 25, 2014

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