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Old 07-22-2004, 07:23 AM   #1
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Mozilla mail and postfix problem

Still learning

Using Mandrake 9.2 Postfix and Mozilla 1.5
I seem to have stopped my Mozilla mail from working .
I was looking thought the logs and found that it was recommended that /var/spool/mail have
it's rights changed to 1770 which I did . From that point Mozilla mail
doesn't seem to receive mail any longer. At least I think that is what's caused
it ?? That is the only change that I have done about the time when the email
stopped ?
1/ Can someone tell me what their /var/spool/mail directory and file rights are
so I can double check ?

I have manually sent email messages to postfix on port 25 and it tells me that
they are queued. Mozilla mail doesn't pick them up.

I have tried to recover from a backup but that hasn't changed anything either.
Outgoing mail still works fine.

Where does postfix que these not yet displayed messages ?


Well just got all the test emails delivered in one rush plus
a duplicate of all the other emails in my inbox ? The
mail account settings say check for mail every 5 mins
but I have been at this for hours. What determines when
emails are xfered from postfix to mozilla ? Is there a
cron job squirreled away somewhere that does it or do
I still have a problem ??

Last edited by leongoogs; 07-22-2004 at 07:56 AM.
Old 07-22-2004, 10:33 AM   #2
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I can't answer the questions in your second message but here's what I can say, hoping it helps you solve the problem if not understand it...

Never had any problem with Moz and Postfix, but here's my unedited permissions: here as you can see /var/spool/mail is a link to /var/mail:

...~$ ls -la /var/spool/mail
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 Jan 21 2004 /var/spool/mail -> ../mail
~$ ls -la /var/mail
total 1
drwxrwsr-x 2 root mail 48 Jul 6 10:50 .
drwxr-xr-x 14 root root 336 Jan 21 2004 ..

I'm not sure these permissions as set by my distro (Libranet) are the right ones
as far as security is concerned, maybe somebody can help us ? but at least this seems to be working in Mozilla and Thunderbird.

Old 08-03-2004, 11:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and help . Mail and file authorities
are OK . Turns out the ISP had a mailserver box go down.
Thus causing the rush of messages when a new box got
put on line. Still can't figure why my hotmail test messages
didn't get delivered direct to my own MDA. I am guessing
hotmail was having a clogged up moment at the same time
that put me on the wrong track.
Thanks again.
Old 08-04-2004, 03:31 AM   #4
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Postfix is pretty clear in it's logging. If you got problems like these it's often a good idea to keep a tail -f on your maillog while you are tinkering with your client.


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