How do you monitor email usage?

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How do you monitor email usage? What tools do you use to make sure your server is not sending spam? Besides the builtin mailqueue and csf how do others determine spam is being sent?
 

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For me every day starts like this: Make coffee, check mail queues and delivery reports.
I'm sure you can get many automated tools for watching mail delivery reports etc but it only takes a quick check of the mail logs to notice anything out of the normal.

I have a couple of scripts I wrote to grep mail logs and colorize abnormal activity for easy viewing :D

Mail transport is something you need to an eye on at all times, more so with new customers.
 

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You can check the Number of mails being sent by an PHP Script by using the following command :

grep "cwd=" /var/log/exim_mainlog|awk '{for(i=1;i<=10;i++){print $i}}'|sort| uniq -c|grep cwd|sort -n

It will show up the Path of Mail directory

Example :

10000 cwd=/home/username/public_html/direc/

If you see large amount of mails you can check the directory for any spam scripts
 

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Very nice code snippet there.

You can check the Number of mails being sent by an PHP Script by using the following command :

grep "cwd=" /var/log/exim_mainlog|awk '{for(i=1;i<=10;i++){print $i}}'|sort| uniq -c|grep cwd|sort -n

It will show up the Path of Mail directory

Example :

10000 cwd=/home/username/public_html/direc/

If you see large amount of mails you can check the directory for any spam scripts
 

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This is a useful script for monitoring message count by sender I like to use.

Show the top senders by message count on a cPanel server

Code:
grep "<=.*P=local" /var/log/exim_mainlog | awk '{print $6}' | sort | uniq -c | sort -nr | head -5 
eximstats /var/log/exim_mainlog | grep -A7 "Top senders by message count" | tail -5 | awk '{print $1,$NF}'
 
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