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/var/spool/clientmqueue filling up

Waqar Razi
Regular Advisor

/var/spool/clientmqueue filling up

My /var file system is getting full because of some big files in /var/spool/clientmqueue. We have Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.3. Here are the files under /var/spool/clientmqueue.

-rw-rw---- 1 smmsp smmsp 2033733632 Feb 11 13:10 dfo1951186013150
-rw-rw---- 1 smmsp smmsp 1139662848 Feb 11 13:10 dfo1A511qK018949
-rw-rw---- 1 smmsp smmsp 371372032 Feb 11 13:10 dfo1B511Wd021507

Can some one please give me some idea what these files are related to?

Is it safe to delete these files?

Thanks for your help
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Waqar Razi
Regular Advisor

Re: /var/spool/clientmqueue filling up

Here is the more of one of the files:

---evalcall---2--- TASK: [***.................] 14% done; 2:02 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [***.................] 15% done; 1:59 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [****................] 16% done; 2:00 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [****................] 17% done; 1:57 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [****................] 18% done; 1:53 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [****................] 19% done; 1:55 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [****................] 20% done; 1:52 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [*****...............] 21% done; 1:52 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [*****...............] 22% done; 1:49 to go
---evalcall---E---
---evalcall---1--- Making catalog of /
---evalcall---2--- TASK: [*****...............] 23% done; 1:47 to go
---evalcall---E---


Please help me in this regard.
Matti_Kurkela
Honored Contributor

Re: /var/spool/clientmqueue filling up

These are mail queue files: someone has been trying to send files of >1GB size through your server. If you delete them, those mails won't be delivered.

Your second message indicates they seem to be the output from some program: perhaps a cron job?

If a cron job produces any output and it has not been redirected elsewhere, the cron daemon will attempt to send the output as email to the owner of the job.

If the program that is running as a cron job is designed to be "visual", e.g. displaying progress bars, then each update of the display will generate more lines when the output goes into email.

When planning to run some program as a cron job, it's useful to check if the program has options to minimize the amount of useless output (to make the program more "quiet"), and use those options with the cron job whenever reasonable.

MK
MK
Horia Chirculescu
Honored Contributor

Re: /var/spool/clientmqueue filling up

Hello,

Maybe you have some problems with Mondorescue software:

http://www.mondorescue.org/docs.shtml

Check your configuration.

Horia.
Best regards from Romania,
Horia.