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NAME

       error - Postfix error/retry mail delivery agent

SYNOPSIS

       error [generic Postfix daemon options]

DESCRIPTION

       The  Postfix  error(8)  delivery agent processes delivery requests from
       the queue manager. Each  request  specifies  a  queue  file,  a  sender
       address,  the  reason  for  non-delivery  (specified  as  the  next-hop
       destination), and recipient information.  The reason  may  be  prefixed
       with an RFC 3463-compatible detail code; if none is specified a default
       4.0.0 or 5.0.0 code is used instead.  This program expects  to  be  run
       from the master(8) process manager.

       Depending  on the service name in master.cf, error or retry, the server
       bounces or defers all recipients in  the  delivery  request  using  the
       "next-hop"  information  as  the  reason  for  non-delivery.  The retry
       service name is supported as of Postfix 2.4.

       Delivery status reports are sent to the bounce(8), defer(8) or trace(8)
       daemon as appropriate.

SECURITY

       The  error(8) mailer is not security-sensitive. It does not talk to the
       network, and can be run chrooted at fixed low privilege.

STANDARDS

       RFC 3463 (Enhanced Status Codes)

DIAGNOSTICS

       Problems and transactions are logged to syslogd(8).

       Depending  on  the  setting  of  the  notify_classes   parameter,   the
       postmaster is notified of bounces and of other trouble.

CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS

       Changes  to  main.cf  are picked up automatically as error(8) processes
       run for only a limited amount of time. Use the command "postfix reload"
       to speed up a change.

       The  text  below provides only a parameter summary. See postconf(5) for
       more details including examples.

       2bounce_notice_recipient (postmaster)
              The recipient of undeliverable mail that cannot be  returned  to
              the sender.

       bounce_notice_recipient (postmaster)
              The  recipient  of  postmaster  notifications  with  the message
              headers of mail  that  Postfix  did  not  deliver  and  of  SMTP
              conversation transcripts of mail that Postfix did not receive.

       config_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
              The  default  location  of  the  Postfix  main.cf  and master.cf
              configuration files.

       daemon_timeout (18000s)
              How much time a Postfix daemon process  may  take  to  handle  a
              request before it is terminated by a built-in watchdog timer.

       delay_logging_resolution_limit (2)
              The  maximal  number  of  digits  after  the  decimal point when
              logging sub-second delay values.

       double_bounce_sender (double-bounce)
              The  sender  address  of  postmaster  notifications   that   are
              generated by the mail system.

       ipc_timeout (3600s)
              The  time  limit  for  sending  or receiving information over an
              internal communication channel.

       max_idle (100s)
              The maximum amount of time that an idle Postfix  daemon  process
              waits for an incoming connection before terminating voluntarily.

       max_use (100)
              The maximal number of incoming connections that a Postfix daemon
              process will service before terminating voluntarily.

       notify_classes (resource, software)
              The list of error classes that are reported to the postmaster.

       process_id (read-only)
              The process ID of a Postfix command or daemon process.

       process_name (read-only)
              The process name of a Postfix command or daemon process.

       queue_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
              The location of the Postfix top-level queue directory.

       syslog_facility (mail)
              The syslog facility of Postfix logging.

       syslog_name (see 'postconf -d' output)
              The mail system name that is prepended to the  process  name  in
              syslog   records,   so   that   "smtpd"  becomes,  for  example,
              "postfix/smtpd".

SEE ALSO

       qmgr(8), queue manager
       bounce(8), delivery status reports
       discard(8), Postfix discard delivery agent
       postconf(5), configuration parameters
       master(5), generic daemon options
       master(8), process manager
       syslogd(8), system logging

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

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