A utility called
(mostly a Perl script) provides the ability to fish specific information
out of the retry database.
Given a mail domain (or a complete address), it looks up the hosts for
that domain, and outputs any retry information for the hosts or for the
At present, the retry information is obtained by running
(see below) and processing the output.
first failed: 21-Feb-1996 14:57:34
last tried: 21-Feb-1996 14:57:34
next try at: 21-Feb-1996 15:02:34
first failed: 20-Jan-1996 13:12:08
last tried: 21-Feb-1996 11:42:03
next try at: 21-Feb-1996 19:42:03
past final cutoff time
You can also give
a local part, without a domain, and it will give any retry information for
that local part in your default domain.
A message id can be used to obtain retry information pertaining to a
This exists only when an attempt to deliver a message to a remote host
suffers a message-specific error (see section 42.2).
is not particularly efficient, but then it isn't expected to be run very often.
This manual page needs a major re-work. If somebody knows better groff
than us and has more experience in writing manual pages, any patches
would be greatly appreciated.