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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for postfix (redhat section 1)

POSTFIX(1)									       POSTFIX(1)

NAME
       postfix - Postfix control program

SYNOPSIS
       postfix [-c config_dir] [-D] [-v] command

DESCRIPTION
       This command is reserved for the super-user. To submit mail, use the Postfix sendmail com-
       mand.

       The postfix command controls the operation of the Postfix mail system: start or	stop  the
       master daemon, do a health check, and other maintenance.

       The  postfix  command sets up a standardized environment and runs the postfix-script shell
       script to do the actual work.

       The following commands are implemented:

       check  Validate the Postfix mail system configuration. Warn about bad directory/file  own-
	      ership or permissions, and create missing directories.

       start  Start  the  Postfix  mail  system. This also runs the configuration check described
	      above.

       stop   Stop the Postfix mail system in an orderly fashion. Running processes  are  allowed
	      to terminate at their earliest convenience.

	      Note:  in order to refresh the Postfix mail system after a configuration change, do
	      not use the start and stop commands in succession. Use the reload command instead.

       abort  Stop the Postfix mail system abruptly. Running processes are signaled to stop imme-
	      diately.

       flush  Force  delivery:	attempt to deliver every message in the deferred mail queue. Nor-
	      mally, attempts to deliver delayed mail happen at regular intervals,  the  interval
	      doubling after each failed attempt.

       reload Re-read  configuration  files. Running processes terminate at their earliest conve-
	      nience.

       The following options are implemented:

       -c config_dir
	      Read the main.cf and master.cf configuration files in the named  directory  instead
	      of  the  default configuration directory.  Use this to distinguish between multiple
	      Postfix instances on the same host.

       -D (with postfix start only)
	      Run each Postfix daemon under control of a debugger as  specified  via  the  debug-
	      ger_command configuration parameter.

       -v     Enable  verbose  logging for debugging purposes. Multiple -v options make the soft-
	      ware increasingly verbose.

ENVIRONMENT
       The postfix command sets the following environment variables:

       MAIL_CONFIG
	      Directory with Postfix configuration files.

       MAIL_VERBOSE
	      This is set when the -v command-line option is present.

       MAIL_DEBUG
	      This is set when the -D command-line option is present.

CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS
       The following main.cf configuration parameters are made available as  process  environment
       variables with the same names:

       command_directory
	      Directory with Postfix administrative commands.

       daemon_directory
	      Directory with Postfix daemon programs.

       config_directory
	      Directory with Postfix configuration files and with administrative shell scripts.

       queue_directory
	      The directory with Postfix queue files, with local inter-process communication end-
	      points, and with files needed for daemon programs that run in the optional chrooted
	      environment.

       mail_owner
	      The owner of Postfix queue files and of most Postfix processes.

       setgid_group
	      The group for mail submission and queue management commands.

       sendmail_path
	      The full pathname for the Postfix sendmail command.

       newaliases_path
	      The full pathname for the Postfix newaliases command.

       mailq_path
	      The full pathname for the Postfix mailq command.

       manpage_directory
	      The directory for the Postfix on-line manual pages.

       sample_directory
	      The directory for the Postfix sample configuration files.

       readme_directory
	      The directory for the Postfix README files.

Other configuration parameters
       import_environment
	      List  of names of environment parameters that can be imported from non-Postfix pro-
	      cesses.

FILES
       $config_directory/postfix-script, administrative commands
       $config_directory/main.cf, configuration parameters
       $config_directory/master.cf, Postfix daemon processes

SEE ALSO
       master(8) Postfix master program

LICENSE
       The Secure Mailer license must be distributed with this software.

AUTHOR(S)
       Wietse Venema
       IBM T.J. Watson Research
       P.O. Box 704
       Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA

										       POSTFIX(1)


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