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kick a Postfix service


postkick [-c config_dir] [-v] class service request


The postkick(1) command sends request to the specified service over a local transport channel. This command makes Postfix private IPC accessible for use in, for example, shell scripts.


-c config_dir

Read the configuration file in the named directory instead of the default configuration directory.


Enable verbose logging for debugging purposes. Multiple -v options make the software increasingly verbose.



Name of a class of local transport channel endpoints, either public (accessible by any local user) or private (administrative access only).


The name of a local transport endpoint within the named class.


A string. The list of valid requests is service-specific.


Problems and transactions are logged to the standard error stream.



Directory with Postfix configuration files.


Enable verbose logging for debugging purposes.

Configuration Parameters

The following parameters are especially relevant to this program. The text below provides only a parameter summary. See postconf(5) for more details including examples.

config_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)

The default location of the Postfix and configuration files.

application_event_drain_time (100s)

How long the postkick(1) command waits for a request to enter the Postfix daemon process input buffer before giving up.

import_environment (see 'postconf -d' output)

The list of environment parameters that a privileged Postfix process will import from a non-Postfix parent process, or name=value environment overrides.

queue_directory (see 'postconf -d' output)

The location of the Postfix top-level queue directory.


/var/spool/postfix/private, private class endpoints
/var/spool/postfix/public, public class endpoints

See Also

qmgr(8), queue manager trigger protocol
pickup(8), local pickup daemon
postconf(5), configuration parameters


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

Wietse Venema
Google, Inc.
111 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011, USA

Referenced By

postconf(5), postfix(1).