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Re: System users that receive mail in /var/mail/systemuser?

On Sun, 2006-04-09 at 12:25 +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:
> Sam Morris <sam@robots.org.uk> wrote:
> > Andreas Metzler wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> system users like proxy, sshd or identd usually do not receive any
> >> mail at all. And system-users that _do_ receive mail are usually
> >> redirected to a real user by /etc/aliases.
> >> I do wonder whether it would be safe to reject any mail for
> >> system-accounts (uid <1000 || uid >63434) unless it is redirected with
> >> /etc/aliases?
> >>             cu andreas
> > Or just redirect all such mail to root, that way you don't have to keep 
> > /etc/aliases up to date for every package installed that creates a user.
> Hello,
> looks like I was unclear. I wanted to change current semi-policy:
> #1 sane packages redirect mail via /etc/aliases
> #2 insane packages park it in /var/mail/systemuser, where nobody will
>    see it
> #3 insane packages probably do not exist, /var/mail/systemuser
>    probably just contains spam
> to
> #1 sane packages redirect mail via /etc/aliases
> #2 un-aliased mail to systemusers (e.g. spam) is not accepted and
> dumped into /var/mail/systemuser but rejected immediately (at SMTP
> time).
> And now I am wondering whether this will break existing packages.

Maybe not *packages*, but possibly non-Debian software.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA

"You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you
where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going."
P.J. O'Rourke, satirist

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