pickup - Postfix local mail pickup
pickup [generic Postfix daemon options]
The pickup(8) daemon waits for hints that new mail has
been dropped into the maildrop directory, and feeds it
into the cleanup(8) daemon. Ill-formatted files are
deleted without notifying the originator. This program
expects to be run from the master(8) process manager.
None. The pickup(8) daemon does not interact with the out-
The pickup(8) daemon is moderately security sensitive. It
runs with fixed low privilege and can run in a chrooted
environment. However, the program reads files from poten-
tially hostile users. The pickup(8) daemon opens no files
for writing, is careful about what files it opens for
reading, and does not actually touch any data that is sent
to its public service endpoint.
Problems and transactions are logged to syslogd(8).
The pickup(8) daemon copies mail from file to the
cleanup(8) daemon. It could avoid message copying over-
head by sending a file descriptor instead of file data,
but then the already complex cleanup(8) daemon would have
to deal with unfiltered user data.
As the pickup(8) daemon is a relatively long-running
process, up to an hour may pass before a main.cf change
takes effect. Use the command "postfix reload" command to
speed up a change.
The text below provides only a parameter summary. See
postconf(5) for more details including examples.
CONTENT INSPECTION CONTROLS
The name of a mail delivery transport that filters
mail after it is queued.
Enable or disable recipient validation, built-in
content filtering, or address mapping.
config_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
The default location of the Postfix main.cf and
master.cf configuration files.
How much time a Postfix daemon process may take to
handle a request before it is terminated by a
built-in watchdog timer.
The time limit for sending or receiving information
over an internal communication channel.
Upon input, long lines are chopped up into pieces
of at most this length; upon delivery, long lines
The maximum amount of time that an idle Postfix
daemon process waits for the next service request
The maximal number of connection requests before a
Postfix daemon process terminates.
The process ID of a Postfix command or daemon
The process name of a Postfix command or daemon
queue_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)
The location of the Postfix top-level queue direc-
The syslog facility of Postfix logging.
The mail system name that is prepended to the
process name in syslog records, so that "smtpd"
becomes, for example, "postfix/smtpd".
cleanup(8), message canonicalization
sendmail(1), Sendmail-compatible interface
postdrop(1), mail posting agent
postconf(5), configuration parameters
master(5), generic daemon options
master(8), process manager
syslogd(8), system logging
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