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Re: [Q] Mail spool dir okay over nfs?

On Thu, Oct 02, 1997 at 04:43:31PM -0500, Pete Harlan wrote:
> Is it completely safe to use, say, elm, to process the /var/spool/mail
> directory over nfs in Debian 1.3.1?  I know at some time there was a
> problem with different locking conventions resulting in lost or scrambled
> mailboxes; have they been long resolved?

It is current Debian policy that all packages involved in the processing of
mail (MTAs, filters, MUAs) use dotlocking as their only way of locking, as
this is NFS-safe. AFAIK, this policy is fully implemented.  So if both
server and client run Debian, it's OK. If they don't both run Debian, you'll
have to make sure yourself that every program involved follows the
dot-locking-only policy.

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