Setting Message Delivery Intervals

As mentioned earlier, Postfix typically attempts to deliver messages as soon as it receives them, and again at regular intervals after that. If you have only periodic connections to the Internet, as with a dial-up connection, you likely would prefer that Sendmail hold all messages in the queue and attempt to deliver them whenever you connect to your ISP. You can configure Postfix to do so by adding the following line to /etc/ppp/peers/ppp0:

/usr/sbin/sendmail =q

This line causes Postifix to automatically send all mail when connecting to your ISP.

However, Postfix will still attempt to send mail regardless of whether the computer is on or off line, meaning that your computer may dial out just to send email. To disable this, you need to enter the following line into maii.cf:

defer_transports = smtp

This stops any unwanted telephone calls from being placed!

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