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Check Spam on EXIM Mail Server

We can simply find out the details spammers from mail queue itself. Some simple exim commands for check spams are below.
First login tho the server via SSH,
ssh [email protected] then run the following commands

exim -bpc

This commands shows the total number of mails in the queue. If the result is high(eg:2000) you can confirm spamming.

[[email protected]]# exim -bpc
exim -bp

This command give some close look of mails in queue. It will give the message ID,sender,Recipient,size and age of mail. From this the message ID is usefull to find out te details like header,body and log. That will discussed in detail later.

[[email protected]]# exim -bp
44h 763 1VGaIo-0002ec-RM <[email protected]>
[email protected]

10h 5.9K 1VH6AW-0001Um-Rz <> *** frozen ***
[email protected]

0m 502 1VHFNl-0003bf-GB <[email protected]>
[email protected]

0m 568 1VHFNl-0003bn-Tq <[email protected]>
[email protected]
1st field: Age
2nd field: Size
3rd field: Message ID
4th field: Sender
5th field: Recipient

By using the ID we can find the header,body and the log of message.

exim -Mvh ID

This command displays the message header. From the output displayed we can check from address, to address, subject, date, script etc.

exim -Mvb ID

Displays the message body

exim -Mvl ID

Displays the log of mail. From this log get the original user details logged in for sending mail.

exim -bpr|grep "<"|awk {'print $4'}|cut -d"<" -f2|cut -d">" -f1|sort -n|uniq -c|sort -n

This command list number of mails and the user who sent the mail.

[[email protected]]# exim -bpr|grep "<"|awk {'print $4'}|cut -d"<" -f2|cut -d">" -f1|sort -n|uniq -c|sort -n
3 [email protected]
exiqgrep -f sendername|grep "<"|wc -l

This command displays the total count of mails that send by a particular user.

[[email protected]]# exiqgrep -f [email protected]|grep "<"|wc -l

Similarly -r switch with exiqgrep is using for recipient.
exiqgrep -f recipient|grep “<”|wc -l

exim -bpr| grep sendername| awk '{print $3}'|xargs exim -Mrm

To delete all mails from queue for a particular sender.

exim -bp|grep frozen|wc -l

Displays the total count of frozen mails in queue.

exim -bp|grep frozen|awk {'print $3'}

Displays the IDs of frozen mails

exim -bp|grep frozen|awk {'print $3'}|xargs exim -Mrm

Command to remove all frozen mails in queue.

exim -bp|exiqsumm

This command will print the summary of mails in queue.

[[email protected]]# exim -bp|exiqsumm
Count Volume Oldest Newest Domain
----- ------ ------ ------ ------
1 6041 11h 11h facebook.com
1 763 45h 45h interia.pl
2 6804 45h 11h TOTAL

It displays, what exim is doing right now.

[[email protected]]# exiwhat
1923 daemon: -q1h, listening for SMTP on port 25 (IPv6 and IPv4) port 587 (IPv6 and IPv4) and for SMTPS on port 465 (IPv6 and IPv4)
exim -Mrm

Is for deleting mails from queue.

[[email protected]]# exim -Mrm will remove that particular mail.

Originally posted 2016-02-13 21:53:00.

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I have been working with Linux based systems since 2002. I hope the article published on this site will be useful to those new to server administration.