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Re: IMAP (Netscape?) hiccups in Woody

On Fri, 14 Jul 2000, Pedro I. Sanchez wrote:

> Well, this is bizarre:
> # ls -l /var/spool/  
> total 20
> ...
> lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root            7 May  5 09:59 mail -> ../mail
> ...
> # ls -l /var/      
> total 72
> ...
> drwxrwsr-x    2 root     mail         4096 Jul 14 18:04 mail
> ...
> What created this symlink? I didn't.

Supposedly the new Linux File system standard (FHS)  makes /var/mail the
official location for the mail spool.  A symlink to /var/spool/mail will
be kept for backwards compatability.  Debian is going to move to this but
I don't think it's official policy yet.  It looks like the maintainer of
your MTA jumped the gun.

Oddly enough on one of my potato systems using sendmail, the situation is
backward.  /var/spool/mail is a directory and /var/mail is a symlink to
it.  On a woody system running postfix the situation is the same.

> I have quite a lot of messages like this in the mail log:
> Jul 10 09:30:39 psanchez-1 imapd[16264]: Killed (lost mailbox lock)
> user=psanchez host=psanchez-1 []
> I will get rid of the symlink and test to see if that makes the
> difference. I'll let you know.

Yup I suspect it was not creating the lock at all.  Without a lock you
stand a chance of having your mail spool corrupted.

If this turns out to be the problem, file a bug against your MTA if one
hasn't been filed already.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar@debian.org>

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