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Re: /var/spool/mail and now /var/mail

On Fri, Feb 01, 2002 at 01:21:52PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
| On Fri, 01 Feb 2002, Cheryl Homiak wrote:
| > Ok, when I did apt-get update and apt-get upgrade two days ago /var/mail
| > was created, but I still have /var/spool/mail also and that's where my
| > system says I have mail when it comes in. what's the deal here?
| The deal is that new systems get /var/mail, and old systems get a /var/mail
| symlink to /var/spool/mail.  All Debian packages are now to try to reference
| the spool as /var/mail, but the old configuration (/var/spool/mail) is fully
| supported.

May I ask why the change?  What are the philosphies for each of those
paths over the other?


A perverse man stirs up dissension,
and a gossip separates close friends.
        Proverbs 16:28

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