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Why is there mail in the spool much older than the retry intervals?
Question asked by Michael Cummins - September 23, 2014 at 6:02 AM
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My outbound relay has retry intervals of 5, 10, 20, 30.  
 
How can there be mail in the spool for an hour?
 
Is there another setting that I am missing?

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Bruce Barnes Replied
September 23, 2014 at 6:32 AM
The mail should be auto-deleted after the cumulative total of your spool retry time.
 
In your case, given the example in your original post, your total, cumulative, time is 65 minutes.  This may be further delayed by SmarterMail's initial processing time, outbound spam checking, and other factors, but even taking those factors into consideration, your queue should be completely sent within 120 minutes.
 
If the spooled items are not being deleted after the total cumulative time, then there are other issues.
 
As an FYI, the IETF standard, for total cumulative retry time, is 4 days.  That has not been changed since the standard was first published.  This is documented in retry times settings section of my SmarterMail Antispam Settings Document
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Steve Reid Replied
September 23, 2014 at 6:48 AM
Something could be locking the files and not allowing smartermail to delete them... check your antivirus

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