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no, it is a file, not a directory, the -r switch if you read the manpage) is for recursive deletion, which doesn't make sense on a single file. it'll work, but it's quite pointless. but just deleting that file will get rid of it yes. i don't think you need to have the file to recieve mail into it, but to be sure you should "touch" it again after you have deleted it
Thanks, I removed it then checked it ...it wasn't there so I "touch" it and now it says that it's there.........so that means after I clean my mail from there I won't need to "touch" it every time right.
Well if you are cleaning your mail that way each time, then touching the file shouldn't be too bad, you might already be in the directory so:
would do it. Not bad after doing
Not bad at all.
You could write a very simple script to do this for, and then just run it when you are ready to rm the file, and touch the new one. Here's a REALLY bad example, as I know little to nothing about scripting:
#This is to delete my mail
rm -r /var/spool/mail/root &&
#Now I am ready for more mail
Save the file, and then:
chmod 755 /path/to/file/deletemail.sh
Now to run it:
You might not even need the && in there.