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Postfix: The Definitive Guide by Kyle D. Dent

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Appendix B. Postfix Commands

Postfix command-line tools are listed below. Each one is fully documented in a manpage that comes with the Postfix distribution. This appendix is meant to give you an idea of what each command is used for. You should refer to the manpages for complete information about each of the commands:

postalias

Creates or queries alias databases.

postcat

Prints the contents of queue files, allowing administrators to display the text of a message in the queue.

postconf

Displays or changes Postfix parameters. Can display one parameter at a time, or the entire list of parameters.

postdrop

Injects a message into the maildrop directory for delivery by Postfix.

postfix

Starts and stops the Postfix system. Can also be used for other Postfix maintenance, such as checking the configuration and flushing the queue.

postkick

Sends a request to a particular Postfix service. Meant to provide a way for shell scripts to communicate with Postfix services.

postlock

Locks a specified file for exclusive access. Provides a means for shell scripts to use Postfix-compatible locking.

postlog

Logs specified information to the system-logging facility. Provides a means for shell scripts to log information easily in a style similar to Postfix.

postmap

Creates or queries lookup maps. Much of the Postfix configuration information is kept in lookup tables that are created by the postmap command.

postqueue

Provides user-level access to the Postfix queue. Changes to the queue requiring super-user privileges ...

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