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Re: Resolutions to comments on LSB-FHS-TS_SPEC_V1.0

On Sat, Jan 30, 1999 at 07:14:04PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> I'd like to propose that for now the FHS is changed to read
> "The mail spool area location is undefined. It is guaranteed that both
>  /var/mail and /var/spool/mail point to this mail spool area if the system
>  has a mail spool. The preferred reference name is /var/mail.
>  [Rationale: /var/mail is the only name available on some other modern Unix
>   platforms. /var/spool/mail is the older Linux tradition and needed for
>   compatibility]
>  [Rationale2: The physical location of the mail spool is not relevant to
>   an application and is administrator policy. It is thus left open.]
> Can everyone live with that and bury the thread

I'd live with that, but I'd prefer just /var/mail be used and if vendors
want to create a symlink for backward compatibility or even from
/var/mail to /var/spool for easy upgrades, let them..  (creating a
symlink from /var/mail to /var/spool/mail if /var/mail does not exist is
likely how Debian would handle such a change without surprises for the

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work in the dark."
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