Postfix Monitoring With Mailgraph And pflogsumm On Debian Etch

    Date28 Jun 2007
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Ever come back from a vacation only to be SWAMPED with email? The interesting part is that just applies to you - imagine what email service providers must go through as far as maintenance! Read on for a nice how-to on configuring and monitoring Postfix with the least hassle. Use graphs to gain a visual understanding of your traffic and cron jobs to report daily to you. Remember, this is one area where we could potentially let email through with a 'Click Here!' link that could lead to many, MANY more problems for everyone.

    This article describes how you can monitor your Postfix mailserver with the tools Mailgraph and pflogsumm. Mailgraph creates daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly graphs of sent, received, bounced, and rejected emails and also of spam and viruses, if SpamAssassin and ClamAV are integrated into Postfix (e.g. using amavisd-new). These graphs can be accessed with a browser, whereas pflogsumm ("Postfix Log Entry Summarizer") can be used to send reports of Postfix activity per email.

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