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Date:      Fri, 29 Sep 2006 11:12:33 -0400
From:      Gerard Seibert <>
Subject:   Permissions on /var/mail directory
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=46reeBSD 6.1-RELEASE-p8

I just did a buildworld along with a new kernel this morning. While doing=20
the installworld, I noticed an error message displayed regarding=20
the /var/mail directory. I have the directory set to: 1777 so that dovecot=
can assess it. The installworld process reset the permissions to 0775 which=
were not sufficient for Dovecot.

The dovecot.log file had over a hundred entries similar to this:

deliver(gerard): Error:=20
open(/var/mail/ failed:=20
Permission denied
deliver(gerard): Error: file_lock_dotlock() failed with mbox=20
file /var/mail/gerard: Permission denied

Obviously the /var/log/maillog had similar fail warnings.

By changing the permission to 1777 on the /var/mail directory and running=20
postsuper -r ALL, I was able to get the mail delivered. This is the second=
time this has happened. The last time I rebuild world I experienced the=20
same phenomena. Why does build world insist on changing the directory=20
permissions and is there a way I can prevent it from doing so?

What I am trying to determine is if I really should have those settings on=
the directory, or if I have something configured wrong in either postfix or=

Gerard Seibert

Antique fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood.
Modern fairy tale: Oswald, acting alone, shot Kennedy.

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