inbox indigestion

Dr R D Gidden rdg
Fri Sep 24 08:15:07 BST 1999

At 05:56 PM 9/23/99 +0100, you wrote:
>How do they read their mail?  Using POP3, or directly from a shell with a
>based reader?

POP3 - (I imagine, though I don't usually log on with pine, 
that running a mailer directly on the server would work OK.) 
In any case, shell isn't an option for most of my users, as 
if they log on using telnet (or a packaged form of telnet) 
all they get is the passwd executable.


>On Thu, Sep 23, 1999 at 05:04:35PM +0100, Dr R D Gidden wrote:
>> Hi,
>> We are running 2.1.5 (Yes I know it's *old* !) and 
>> sendmail to handle all the mail for the school.
>> I suppose it's something I've done but I can't spot it -
>> anyone know the answer to:  no one can delete their 
>> read mail, so they keep getting the same stuff shot 
>> down to them each time they log on, together with 
>> any new stuff.
>> Inboxes are in /usr/spool/mail, which is owned by 
>> root, with chmod 777. Individual inboxes are owned 
>> by each individual user, with chmod 700.  Which is 
>> how I thought I had it to start with, so I don't 
>> know why they can't alter their own file.
>> Help gratefully received - even if it's something 
>> really stupidly obvious!  ;-)
>> Bob.
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