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HP-UX 11i Version 3: February 2007

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uustat — uucp status inquiry and job control


uustat -a

uustat -m

uustat -p

uustat -q

uustat -k jobid]

uustat -r jobid]

uustat [-s sys] [-u user]


uustat displays the status of, or cancels, previously specified uucp commands, or provide general status on uucp connections to other systems (see uucp(1)). Only one of the following options can be specified with uustat per command execution:


Output all jobs in queue.


Report the status of accessibility of all machines.


Execute a ps -flp for all the process IDs that are in the lock files.


List the jobs queued for each machine. If a status file exists for the machine, its date, time and status information are reported. In addition, if a number appears in () next to the number of C or X files it is the age in days of the oldest C. or X. file for that system. The Retry field is the number of hours until the next possible call. The Count field is the number of failure attempts. Note that for systems with a moderate number of outstanding jobs, this could take 30 seconds or more of real time to execute. As an example of the output produced by uustat -q :

eagle 3C 04/07-11:07 NO DEVICES AVAILABLE mh3bs3 2C 07/07-10:42 SUCCESSFUL

The above output tells how many command files are waiting for each system. Each command file can have zero or more files to be sent (a command file with no files to be sent causes the uucp system to call the remote system and see if work is waiting). The date and time refer to the previous interaction with the system followed by the status of interaction.

-k jobid

Kill the uucp request whose job identification is jobid. The killed uucp request must belong to the person issuing the uustat command unless the command is executed by the super-user.

-r jobid

Rejuvenate jobid. The files associated with jobid are touched so that their modification time is set to the current time. This prevents the cleanup daemon from deleting the job until the jobs modification time reaches the limit imposed by the cleanup daemon.

The following options can be used singly or together but cannot be used with the options listed above:

-s sys

Report the status of all uucp requests for remote system sys.

-u user

Report the status of all uucp requests issued by user.

Output for both the -s and -u options has the following format:

eaglen0000 4/07-11:01:03 (POLL) eagleN1bd7 4/07-11:07 S eagle dan 522 /usr/dan/A eagleC1bd8 4/07-11:07 S eagle dan 59 D.3b2a12cd4924 4/07-11:07 S eagle dan rmail mike

With the -s and -u options, the first field is the jobid of the job. This is followed by the date and time. The next field is either an S or R, depending on whether the job is to send or request a file. The next field is the destination system name. This is followed by the user ID of the user who queued the job. The next field contains the size of the file, or in the case of a remote execution the name of the command (such as rmail which is the command used for remote mail). When the size appears in this field, the file name is also given. This can either be the name given by the user or an internal name (such as D.3b2alce4924) that is created for data files associated with remote execution (rmail in this example).

When no options are given, uustat outputs the status of all uucp requests issued by the current user. The format used is the same as with the -s or -u options.


Environment Variables

LC_TIME determines the format and contents of date and time strings.

LANG determines the language in which messages are displayed.

If LC_TIME is not specified in the environment or is set to the empty string, the value of LANG is used as a default for each unspecified or empty variable. If LANG is not specified or is set to the empty string, a default of "C" (see lang(5)) is used instead of LANG. If any internationalization variable contains an invalid setting, uustat behaves as if all internationalization variables are set to "C". See environ(5).



spool directories



Tim O'Reilly and Grace Todino,

Managing UUCP and Usenet, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. USA.

Grace Todino and Dale Dougherty,

Using UUCP and Usenet, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. USA.


uustat: SVID2, SVID3, XPG2, XPG3, XPG4

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