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Re: userid for vmailer

On Wed, 26 Aug 1998, Marco d'Itri wrote:

> On Aug 26, Jean Pierre LeJacq <jplejacq@quoininc.com> wrote:
>  >Any reason not to use the existing "mail" user?
> Yes:
> drwxrwsr-t   2 root     mail         1024 giu  4 18:53 /var/spool/mail/
> -rwsr-sr-x   1 root     mail        57536 mag 13 21:53 /usr/bin/procmail*
> The user vmailer runs as should not have access to other files than
> /var/spool/vmailer/ and (most important!) should not be used by other
> programs.

How does it then place mail in the /var/spool/mail directories?  It
needs to be at least in group mail.

> I think we should assign a static id in the 1-100 or 64000 range.
> (I don't really like much the idea of dynamic ids: I don't think
> we are going to be short of id numbers and they make NFS file sharing
> a PITA.)

I'm not sure I agree.  I don't like the proliferation of user ids.
Doesn't smail currently uses "mail"?  Couldn't we follow their model.

Jean Pierre

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