uucleanup - Deletes selected old files from the uucp spool directory
If you specify one of the following options, you must provide a value for
days. The default value listed is used if the option is not specified.
Removes any C.* (Command) files as old as or older than the number of
days specified by days, and sends appropriate information to the
requester. The default is 7 days. The -C and -W options cannot be com-
Removes any D.* (Data) files as old as or older than the number of days
specified in days. Also attempts to deliver any remaining mail mes-
sages. The default is 7 days.
Includes a specified line of text in the warning message generated by
the -W option. The default line is:
We have been unable to contact machine
machine_name since you queued your job.
The -m option can be used only with the -W option.
Removes files in addition to those specified by the -C, -D, and -X
options that are as old as or older than the number of days specified
in days. The default is 2 days.
Executes uucleanup only on the spool directory specified by system.
The default is to clean up all uucp spool directories.
Note that system names can contain only ASCII characters.
Removes TM.* (Temporary) files as old as or older than the number of
days specified by the days argument. Also attempts to deliver any
remaining mail messages. The default is 7 days.
Sends a mail message to the requester warning that C.* files as old as
or older than the number of days specified in days are still in the
spool directory. The message includes the job ID and, in the case of
mail, the mail message. The administrator can use the -m option to
include a message line telling who to call to check the problem. The
default is 1 day.
Removes any X.* (Execute) files as old as or older than the number of
days specified in days. The default is 2 days.
Displays debugging information on the screen of the local terminal;
level must be an integer from 0 to 9. The higher the number, the more
detailed the debugging information.
The uucleanup program removes outdated files from the spool directory
(/usr/spool/uucp). The uucleanup program scans the /usr/spool/uucp direc-
tory for old files and takes appropriate action to remove them in a useful
way. The uucleanup command performs the following tasks:
+ Informs the requester of send/receive requests for systems that cannot
+ Warns users about requests that wait more than a specified number of
days (the default is 1 day)
+ Returns mail that cannot be delivered to the sender
+ Removes all other files older than a specified number of days from the
The uucleanup program is not usually invoked from the command line, but is
executed by the shell procedure uudemon.cleanu located in /usr/lib/uucp,
which in turn is started by the cron script located in
/usr/adm/cron/crontabs/uucp. Only someone with superuser privileges can
issue the uucleanup command from the command line.
To enable automatic cleanup, edit the file /usr/adm/cron/crontabs/uucp.
Remove the # (number sign) from the beginning of the uudemon.cleanu line.
1. To locate files, enter:
# uucleanup -W 2
This form of the command locates C.* (Command) files 2 or more days
old and warns the requesters that the files have not been sent.
2. To send a message with a warning, enter:
# uucleanup -W 2 -m "Contact the System Admin about these files."
This form of the command locates C.* (Command) files 1 or more days
old (the default), warns requesters their files have not been sent,
and gives them the message:
Contact the System Admin about these files.
3. To clean up command files that are 8 or more days old, enter:
# uucleanup -C 8
This form of the command removes all C.* (Command) files 8 or more
days old and sends an appropriate message to the requesters. Other
uucp spool files are removed based on the default value for that type.
4. To clean up data and execute files, enter:
# uucleanup -D 7 -X 3
This form of the command removes all D.* (Data) files 7 or more days
old (the default) and all X.* (Execute) files older than 3 days and
attempts to deliver all undelivered mail. Remaining uucp spool files
are removed based on the default value for that type.
5. To clean up other files, enter:
# uucleanup -o 2
This form of the command removes uucp spool files according to their
default values except for other files, which are removed if 2 days or
6. To clean up all files at once, enter the command without options:
This form of the command removes all C.*, D.*, and X.* files, and all
other files older than the default times.
7. To clean up Command files for system hera, enter:
# uucleanup -s hera -C 5
This form of the command removes all C.* files 5 or more days old and
the other uucp spool files according to their default files for system
hera. (The path to these files is /usr/spool/uucp/hera/*.)
Specifies the command path.
File that starts uudemon.cleanu shell procedure.
Contains all the configuration files for uucp, and the uudemon.cleanu
Schedules uucp jobs for the cron daemon, including the uudemon.cleanu
Contains files removed by the uucleanup command.
Commands: uucp(1), uustat(1), uux(1), cron(8)