Queueing Function

The routine shouldqueue is called to decide if a message should be queued or processed immediately. Typically this compares the message priority to the current load average. The default definition is:

shouldqueue(pri, ctime)
long pri;
time_t ctime;
if (CurrentLA < QueueLA)
return (FALSE);
return (pri > (QueueFactor / (CurrentLA - QueueLA + 1)));
If the current load average (global variable CurrentLA, which is set before this function is called) is less than the low threshold load average (option x, variable QueueLA), shouldqueue returns immediately (that is, it should not queue). If the current load average exceeds the high threshold load average (option X, variable RefuseLA), shouldqueue returns immediately. Otherwise, it computes the function based on the message priority, the queue factor (option q, global variable QueueFactor), and the current and threshold load averages.

An implementation wishing to take the actual age of the message into account can also use the ctime parameter, which is the time that the message was first submitted to sendmail. Note that the pri parameter is already weighted by the number of times the message has been tried (although this tends to lower the priority of the message with time); the expectation is that the ctime would be used as an escape clause to ensure that messages are eventually processed.

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