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Manual Reference Pages  -  PDELIVER (1)


pdeliver - Deliver mail into a maildir mailbox



pdeliver [--help] [--version] [-q QUOTA, --quota QUOTA] [-Q NUM, --maxnum NUM] [-m DIR, --mailboxdir DIR] [-f FORMAT, --format FORMAT] [-l FILE, --logfile FILE] [-i ID, --id ID] mailbox


This command awaits a mail on STDIN formatted according to the format specified with the -f option. It will write the mail to the mailbox specified on the command line in maildir format.


--help Get help on parameters.
  Print version information.
-q QUOTA, --quota QUOTA
  This is the quota for the total size of the mailbox in MBytes (1024*1024 bytes) or 0, if the total size of the mailbox should not be checked. Default is 0.
-Q NUM, --maxnum NUM
  This is the quota for the number of mails in the mailbox or 0, if the check should not be performed. Default is 0.
-m DIR, --mailboxdir DIR
  This is the directory where all mailbox directories are. Default is /pop.
-f FORMAT, --format FORMAT
  Format of the mail an STDIN. There are three mail formats understood by pdeliver:

LF Each line in the mail ends in a line feed (LF) character. This is the common format for UNIX text files.
CRLF Each line in the mail ends in a carriage return (CR), line feed (LF) combination.
NET Each line in the mail ends in a carriage return (CR, line feed (LF) combination. Lines beginning with a dot (.), have this dot doubled. A line consisting of a single dot and a carriage return (CR), line feed (LF) combination denotes the end of the mail. pdeliver will stop reading at this point.

Irrespective of the format an EOF will always end the mail.

-l FILE, --logfile FILE
  Logfile used for all messages. Default is /var/log/popular/pdeliver. if you don’t want any logging, you have to use ’-l /dev/null’.
-i ID, --id ID
  This ID is logged with every line in the log file to find corresponding entries. If you don’t specify an ID "-" will be logged. You probabely want to put the internal ID of the MTA here to easily find corresponding entries in the MTA log file.


The quota will be checked before delivering the mail. The size of the mail currently being delivered is not counted towards the mailbox size. If the mailbox size is smaller then the quota and the number of mails smaller then the maximal allowed number of mails, the mail is delivered, otherwise pdeliver exits with return code 1.

Because there is no locking done, two processes delivering into the same mailbox at the same time might lead to overfull mailboxes.


0 Mail was successfully delivered.
1 Quota for this mailbox exceeded. Mail is not delivered.
2 Error while delivering. Permission problems or something like that.
3 Command line error.


pcheck(1), pcheckd(8), pclean(8), pcontrol(1), pproxy(8), pserv(8), pstatus(1), ptestpdm(1), The POPular Manual


Jochen Topf <URL:>


The POPular suite is copyright (C) 1999-2002 by Jochen Topf

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA

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