Re: are you using /var/mail?
Seems to be where it is on some systems I have looked at (other than
Linux, but including even older versions of other OS's), but not all.
For example, even older versions of IRIX:
chem37 16% whoami
chem37 17% ls -l
drwxrwxr-x 2 root mail 512 Dec 3 16:22 :saved
-rw-rw---- 1 current mail 813 Jan 20 14:20 current
chem37 18% pwd
chem37 19% uname -a
IRIX chem37 5.3 11091809 IP6 mips
But not DEC UNIX...
$ ls -l current
-rw------- 1 current daemon 0 Jan 20 07:41 current
$ uname -a
OSF1 plains V4.0 878 alpha
and no, it's not a symbolic link here:
$ ls -l
drwxr-xr-x 4 root system 8192 Dec 29 09:43 cron/
drwxrwxr-x 2 uucp uucp 8192 Dec 29 18:14 locks/
drwxr-xr-x 2 root system 8192 Dec 29 1997 lpd/
-rw-r--r-- 1 root system 6 Jan 4 15:44 lpd.lock
drwxrwxrwt 5 root mail 237568 Jan 20 14:30 mail/
drwxr-xr-x 2 root system 8192 Jan 20 14:30 mqueue/
drwxr-xr-x 2 daemon system 8192 Jan 18 00:30 popbulls/
drwxr-xr-x 104 root system 8192 Jan 4 15:44 printers/
drwxrwxr-x 10 uucp uucp 8192 Dec 29 10:06 uucp/
drwxrwxrwx 2 uucp uucp 8192 Dec 29 1997 uucppublic/
I do believe it's not a completely universial standard yet, at least not
in practice.... But that doesn't mean it should be... (also don't expect
me to know what I am talking about, just sharing observations...)
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On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Daniel Quinlan wrote:
> H Peter Anvin <email@example.com> writes:
> > I think changing it back would be a bad idea, because it breaks
> > compatibility with other systems, which we *can't* change.
> Yes, many sites have several different types of Unix running (such as
> Solaris), most of which use /var/mail. Pretty much only Linux uses
> The other side of the coin is that there is lots of source code that
> has #ifdef linux and sets the default MAILPATH to /var/spool/mail. In
> addition, most Linux packages (from places like Debian, SuSE, and Red
> Hat) continue to use /var/spool/mail.
> At Transmeta, we actually have a symbolic link from /var/spool/mail to
> a /var/mail mount point on our Linux systems.
> - Dan
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