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Old 12-22-2008, 07:43 AM   #1
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Command "mail" returns "panic: temporary file seek"


Hello all.


One of our RHEL 4.2 servers is behaving very strange. Consider this:

Code:
[root@server1 /tmp]# mail 
Mail version 8.1 6/6/93.  Type ? for help. 
"/var/spool/mail/root": 446711 messages 276778 new 446711 unread 
fseek: Invalid argument 
panic: temporary file seek 
Avbrutt (SIGABRT)
I run a simple command such as "mail", and it returns a fseek error. It's running on Vmware ESX, and I have no indicating that there is a hardware failure. Does anyone know where to even start debugging this thing?

Regards,
kenneho
 
Old 12-22-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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AFAIK it has to do with large mailboxes.
Try mutt to see if you can access the mailbox
 
Old 12-23-2008, 02:30 AM   #3
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Mutt worked just fine. Seems like all of the mails are just debug stuff. Can I simply remove the file /var/spool/mail/root to get rid of the mails? Or do I have to re-create an empty version the file.
 
Old 12-23-2008, 02:35 AM   #4
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you can do
cat /dev/null > /var/spool/mail/root
 
Old 12-23-2008, 03:03 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'll give it a try as soon as I get the chance. And I'll report back here the results.
 
Old 12-23-2008, 03:27 AM   #6
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I worked like a charm. Thank you for your help.

I was worried that the fseek error would imply something seriously wrong with the file system or hardware, so I'm happy it was just this small thing.
 
  


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