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FireWall-1 FAQ: Email gets stuck in the SMTP Security Server queue

Please note: This content was from when I was operating my FireWall-1 FAQ site, which I stopped operating in August 2005. For some reason people still have links to this stuff on the Internet that people are still clicking on.


I am making this information available again AS IS. Given how old this information is, it is likely wildly inaccurate. I have no plans to update this information.


If you're still running versions of Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 where this information is still relevant to you, do yourself a favor and upgrade to a more recent release. If you happen to be running a current release and the information is useful, it's by happenstance :)


Here are some steps to take that will help:

  1. Stop FireWall-1 with 'fwstop'
  2. Go to $FWDIR/spool (or wherever you've configure FireWall-1 to spool mail)
  3. Create a directory called XXXX and move all files into this directory.
  4. Restart FireWall-1 with 'fwstart'
  5. Move a few files from XXXX back into the main spool directory
  6. FireWall-1 should begin delivering mail again. Repeat step 5 as necessary.

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