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       mailping-cron - run periodic processing to test email service
       availability and functioning




        mailping-cron processes incoming emails, updates status and sends out
       probe messages.

       The idea is to configure multiple email “circuits”, send probe messages
       regularly, and see whether they complete the circuit and how long it

   Setting up a circuit
        1. Give a name to the circuit, hereafter referred to as circuit.

        2. Arrange for a local email address to be delivered to maildir
           /var/lib/mailping/state/circuit/incoming/. See mailping-store.

        3. Create a configuration for the circuit, by creating directory

           If you need non-default sender and/or recipient addresses, create
           files from and to there, containing the sender and recipient
           addresses suitable for the circuit.

        4. You´re done! Munin should now see the data.

   Testing multiple servers
       To test functioning of more than one email server, arrange an email
       alias at a remote site pointing to an address on your server, and set
       the address of that alias here.

       Here´s an example of testing a system consisting of two email servers
       and everything in that path (smarthosts, primary MXs, virus checkers,

       Local address <> is delivered with
       mailping-store to /var/lib/mailping/state/that/incoming/.

       Remote address <> is an alias that redirects all
       email to <>.

        /etc/mailping/that/to is set to <>.


           Sender address for the probe emails. Default:

           Recipient address for the probe emails. You must arrange for the
           email to eventually get delivered to the maildir
           /var/lib/mailping/state/circuit/incoming/.  mailping-store will
           probably be useful in that. Default:

           Admistrative address, set as Reply-To in probe messages. Default:
           do not add Reply-To.

           How often a probe message is sent, in seconds. Default: 600

           Stored state for the probing.

           Maildir used to store all messages in incoming that do not look
           like probe messages. Read and delete them regularly.

           Maildir used to store all messages in incoming that do look like
           probe messages, but a corresponding pending entry cannot be found.
           Duplicated probe messages cause these. Read and delete them


           Override the location of the configuration directory. Default:

           Override the location of the state directory. Circuit states are
           stored in the state subdirectory of this directory, in
           subdirectories named after the circuit name. Default:


        mailping-store(1), mailping-success(1), mailping-latency(1)


       Tommi Virtanen <>
       Havoc Consulting


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mailping 0.                       2004-04-15