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VERIFY(8)                                                            VERIFY(8)

NAME
       verify - Postfix address verification server

SYNOPSIS
       verify [generic Postfix daemon options]

DESCRIPTION
       The  verify(8)  address  verification  server  maintains a
       record of what recipient addresses are known to be  deliv-
       erable or undeliverable.

       Addresses  are  verified  by injecting probe messages into
       the Postfix queue. Probe messages are run through all  the
       routing and rewriting machinery except for final delivery,
       and are discarded rather than being deferred or bounced.

       Address verification relies on the answer from the nearest
       MTA  for  the  specified  address,  and will therefore not
       detect all undeliverable addresses.

       The verify(8) server is designed to run under  control  by
       the  Postfix  master server. It maintains an optional per-
       sistent database.  To avoid being interrupted by  "postfix
       stop" in the middle of a database update, the process runs
       in a separate process group.

       The verify(8) server implements the following requests:

       update address status text
              Update  the  status  and  text  of  the   specified
              address.

       query address
              Look  up  the  status  and  text  for the specified
              address.  If the status is unknown, a probe is sent
              and an "in progress" status is returned.

SECURITY
       The address verification server is not security-sensitive.
       It does not talk to the network, and it does not  talk  to
       local  users.  The verify server can run chrooted at fixed
       low privilege.

       The address verification server can be  coerced  to  store
       unlimited  amounts  of  garbage.  Limiting  the cache size
       trades one problem (disk space exhaustion) for another one
       (poor response time to client requests).

DIAGNOSTICS
       Problems and transactions are logged to syslogd(8).

BUGS
       The  address  verification  service  is  suitable only for
       sites that handle a low mail volume.  Verification  probes
       add  additional  traffic  to  the  mail  queue and perform
       poorly under high load.  Servers may blacklist sites  that
       probe excessively, or that probe excessively for non-exis-
       tent recipient addresses.

       If the persistent database ever gets  corrupted  then  the
       world  comes  to  an end and human intervention is needed.
       This violates a basic Postfix principle.

CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS
       Changes to main.cf are not  picked  up  automatically,  as
       verify(8) processes are persistent. Use the command "post-
       fix reload" after a configuration change.

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

CACHE CONTROLS
       address_verify_map (empty)
              Optional  lookup table for persistent address veri-
              fication status storage.

       address_verify_sender (postmaster)
              The sender address to use in  address  verification
              probes.

       address_verify_positive_expire_time (31d)
              The  time  after  which  a successful probe expires
              from the address verification cache.

       address_verify_positive_refresh_time (7d)
              The time after which a successful address verifica-
              tion probe needs to be refreshed.

       address_verify_negative_cache (yes)
              Enable caching of failed address verification probe
              results.

       address_verify_negative_expire_time (3d)
              The time after which a failed  probe  expires  from
              the address verification cache.

       address_verify_negative_refresh_time (3h)
              The  time after which a failed address verification
              probe needs to be refreshed.

PROBE MESSAGE ROUTING CONTROLS
       By default, probe messages  are  delivered  via  the  same
       route  as  regular messages.  The following parameters can
       be used to override specific message routing mechanisms.

       address_verify_relayhost ($relayhost)
              Overrides  the  relayhost  parameter  setting   for
              address verification probes.

       address_verify_transport_maps ($transport_maps)
              Overrides  the transport_maps parameter setting for
              address verification probes.

       address_verify_local_transport ($local_transport)
              Overrides the local_transport parameter setting for
              address verification probes.

       address_verify_virtual_transport ($virtual_transport)
              Overrides  the  virtual_transport parameter setting
              for address verification probes.

       address_verify_relay_transport ($relay_transport)
              Overrides the relay_transport parameter setting for
              address verification probes.

       address_verify_default_transport ($default_transport)
              Overrides  the  default_transport parameter setting
              for address verification probes.

MISCELLANEOUS CONTROLS
       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.

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

       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  direc-
              tory.

       syslog_facility (mail)
              The syslog facility of Postfix logging.

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

SEE ALSO
       smtpd(8), Postfix SMTP server
       cleanup(8), enqueue Postfix message
       postconf(5), configuration parameters
       syslogd(5), system logging

README FILES
       ADDRESS_VERIFICATION_README, address verification howto

LICENSE
       The Secure Mailer license must be  distributed  with  this
       software.

HISTORY
       This service was introduced with Postfix version 2.1.

AUTHOR(S)
       Wietse Venema
       IBM T.J. Watson Research
       P.O. Box 704
       Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA

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