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Old 01-16-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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Weird mail behavior, need mail guru!

Ok, I'm running FreeBSD 5.2.1, sendmail, Pine and OpenWebmail. The issue revolves around Pine apparently, but good knowledge of sendmail can probably help me troubleshoot even if you don't know much about Pine and OpenWebmail. Here's the problem:

Two weeks ago, I lost a hard drive (containing the partitions for /var /tmp /soft and /local) and restored from a six week old back up. I don't know how, but this seems to have changed some configuration options (I thought all that was stored safely in /etc ). Pine refused to work at first because some directory was inaccessible to it. I browsed to it and noticed that it did not have group write permissions, but it seemed to require it so I added it for Pine. I had a similar problem with a temp directory (I think it was a temp directory) for OpenWebmail. Unfortunately I do not remember where these directories are. Adding the group write permission seemed to fix the problem for both mail programs.

However, it has come to my attention that whenever Pine is opened it moves any mail the user has from /var/mail/<username> and puts it in ~<user's_home>/mbox instead (which apparently is a link to ~<user's_home>/mail ). This makes the mail inaccessible to OpenWebmail and the command line program "mail" (although pop3 finds the mail regardless of what location it's in).

It's remotely possible that this is unrelated to the hard drive crash. Hell, it's also possible that it's always worked like this but no one has noticed because most people use only one mail program (the problem is only noticeable if an individual uses Pine and then tries to use command line "mail" or OpenWebmail and notices that their archived mail is missing).

Any info would be greatly appreciated. I'm reading up on Pine now to try and figure this out on my own.
Old 11-10-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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You know, I could still use info on this old problem. However, I have a new question:

I was having a problem with my qpopper which this thread indicated a solution to:

My /var/mail directory (which is actually a link to /mail) has owner root:root just like this guy (or more accurately /mail has root:root owner).

I just changed it to root:mail to solve the qpopper problem... but I originally solved the problem by changing the /var/spool/pop directory to owner root:root to match the mail directory instead of the other way around.

Any thoughts on which way is better?


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