How to Delete Exim Email For A Particular User From Mail Server Queue

by on June 6, 2007 · 6 comments· LAST UPDATED November 19, 2008

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Q. I’m using Fedora 7 server with exim pre installed by someone else. How do I delete email for a particular user from exim queue (like user@dom.com)?

A. Exim is a mail transfer agent (MTA) used on Unix-like operating systems. It is freely available under the GNU GPL and it aims to be a general and flexible mailer with extensive facilities for checking incoming e-mail.

Task: Delete Mail Linux Exim Server

To delete email for a particular user use shell pipes. By default the exim mail queue is located at /var/spool/exim/input directory. To delete email for a particular user called vivek@nixcraft.co.in, enter:
# exiqgrep -ir email@domain.com | xargs exim -Mrm
# exiqgrep -ir vivek@nixcraft.co.in | xargs exim -Mrm

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1 D March 15, 2008 at 4:23 am

wow, manually deleting the files from the spool can lead to issues…

exim has tools for these kind of tasks (exiqgrep for instance).

here’s what i would use to remove all messages addressed to an email address:

#exiqgrep -ir email@domain.com | xargs exim -Mrm

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2 nixCraft March 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Thanks, the faq has been updated.

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3 sharma October 21, 2008 at 3:36 am

hi Good morning sir
i have one doubt sir,
we are using ubuntu mail server sir
please help me ,my problem is how to delete perticular mail in all users account from server,
what is the command,
one spam mail coming from other side so that mail iwant to delete from all users account

please reply sir

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4 adhitya cn April 16, 2009 at 8:13 am

great article from nixcraft [as usual]…

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5 KJ May 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

Thanks for this, very useful after a user opted to get an email for a cron running every minute, which caused their Yahoo mail account to reject the messages and pile up in the queue!

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6 sandeep May 7, 2014 at 9:39 am

I want to delete mails in the queue related to particular domain how do we do that.

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