I'm watching multiple lines in maillog for the last few days

Feb 26 06:00:17 d3355 sm-mta[2682]: x1L5tNWu013205: to=<email@example.com>, delay=4+21:04:54, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=21630740, relay=example.com., dsn=4.0.0
Feb 26 06:00:17 d3355 sm-mta[2682]: x1L5mAV2013049: to=<email@example.com>, delay=4+21:12:07, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=21630752, relay=example.com., dsn=4.0.0
Feb 26 06:00:17 d3355 sm-mta[2682]: x1L5OBhg012679: to=<email@example.com>, delay=4+21:36:06, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=21720764, relay=example.com., dsn=4.0.0
Feb 26 06:00:17 d3355 sm-mta[2682]: x1L3Y1dP011346: to=<email@example.com>, delay=4+23:26:16, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=21990723, relay=example.com., dsn=4.0.0

As a result I have tons of "Returned mail" feedbacks in my mailbox. I can't figure out what process does it. How can I detect and stop it? I have FreeBSD + sendmail + dovecot

  1. Check what mailq command reports about messages in sendmail (outgoing) queue
  2. Check all log entries related to specific queue id e.g. x1L5tNWu013205
    In x1L5tNWu013205 case initial log entries should be 4 days 21 hours old
    sm-mta log entries may lead to msa log entries (sendmail process sending user mail to main sendmail daemon)
  • thanks for the answer. can you give more details about second part? i found tons of files in /var/spool/mqueue. my first question, can I remove all data here? I also found some details about my original question and continue investigation, so thanks again, the answer is very helpful – heximal Mar 1 at 9:54

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