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POSTLOCK(1)						      General Commands Manual						       POSTLOCK(1)

NAME
postlock - lock mail folder and execute command
SYNOPSIS
postlock [-c config_dir] [-l lock_style] [-v] file command...
DESCRIPTION
The postlock command locks file for exclusive access, and executes command. The locking method is compatible with the Postfix UNIX-style local delivery agent. Options: -c config_dir Read the main.cf configuration file in the named directory instead of the default configuration directory. -l lock_style Override the locking method specified via the mailbox_delivery_lock configuration parameter (see below). -v Enable verbose logging for debugging purposes. Multiple -v options make the software increasingly verbose. Arguments: file A mailbox file. The user should have read/write permission. command... The command to execute while file is locked for exclusive access. The command is executed directly, i.e. without interpretation by a shell command interpreter.
DIAGNOSTICS
The result status is 75 (EX_TEMPFAIL) when postlock could not perform the requested operation. Otherwise, the exit status is the exit sta- tus from the command.
BUGS
With remote file systems, the ability to acquire a lock does not necessarily eliminate access conflicts. Avoid file access by processes running on different machines.
ENVIRONMENT
MAIL_CONFIG Directory with Postfix configuration files. MAIL_VERBOSE Enable verbose logging for debugging purposes.
CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS
The following main.cf parameters are especially relevant to this program. See the Postfix main.cf file for syntax details and for default values. Locking controls deliver_lock_attempts Limit the number of attempts to acquire an exclusive lock. deliver_lock_delay Time in seconds between successive attempts to acquire an exclusive lock. stale_lock_time Limit the time after which a stale lock is removed. mailbox_delivery_lock What file locking method(s) to use when delivering to a UNIX-style mailbox. The default setting is system dependent. For a list of available file locking methods, use the postconf -l command. Resource controls fork_attempts Number of attempts to fork() a process before giving up. fork_delay Delay in seconds between successive fork() attempts.
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 POSTLOCK(1)