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[ale] postfix and fetchmail
- Subject: [ale] postfix and fetchmail
- From: esoteric at denali.atlnet.com (Wandered Inn)
- Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 23:52:26 -0400
Jonathan Rickman wrote:
> On Fri, 4 May 2001, Wandered Inn wrote:
> > I've been using fetchmail to download email from a machine recently and
> > it was, by default, dropping the email into /var/spool/mail/USERID .
> > I just started doing this a couple of days ago in order to download a
> > bunch of email that had been sitting on a mail server at work.
> > Everything seemed to work fine. I attempted to download a number of
> > messages this morning, but they did not show up in
> > /var/spool/mail/USERID. I thought the were trashed, but then started
> > digging around and found a boatload of files in the
> > /var/spool/postfix/deferred directory. I executed the postfix flush
> > command and the files seem to have jumped to the
> > /var/spool/postfix/active directory.
> > Question is, how do I get these things over to the
> > /var/spool/mail/USERID directory?
> enter password
> cd /var/spool/postfix/active
> mv ./* /var/spool/mail/USERID/
> pine (or whatever)
> Something many folks seem to be forgetting lately...
> ANY *nix system is just a big mess of files. Nothing fancy...just files.
> Move 'em if you need to.
Been doing Unix a while, more then likely longer than you :) , and know
now to move files. The files in the active directory are not mail
files, they are data. I assume they are some special format created by
Secondly, /var/spool/mail/USERID is a file. My bad when I referred to
it as a directory. There are a number of files in the active directory
that must end up in some way appended to the USERID file, yet the format
must be correct.
> Jonathan Rickman
> X Corps Security
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