sendmail: mail.local delivers to /var/mail/ not /var/spool/mail
steve at stevenwills.com
Thu Jan 8 13:39:03 EST 2004
Joseph Mack NA3T said:
> I'm setting up sendmail-8.12.10 (compile from scratch, linux) and it's
> been a while since I've done this. I seem to need to know more about what
> I'm doing this time than I did before as I don't remember having a whole
> lot of problems last time.
> sendmail is trying to deliver the mail to the file user_name in
> /var/mail/, while I have a /var/spool/mail directory for this. I can make
> a link, but I would rather have the mail arrive where I want. The local
> devilery agent is /usr/sbin/mail.local which from the man page, delivers
> mail by default to /var/mail/ and presumably this is the cause of the
> problem. I've looked through the source code for mail.local and can't find
> where the mailbox filename is declared. Possibly it's in a Makefile or m4
> file somewhere, and I've grep'ed for "var", "mail" and haven't found a
> sign of them anywhere. I've also looked in google and google groups for
> help, but everyone seems to be happy with local delivery to /var/mail.
> Any fix will do here: Either recoding mail.local or using another delivery
> agent (and if so, how do I fix my sendmail.mc).
mail.local.c refers to _PATH_MAILDIR which is defined in include/sm/conf.h
as /var/mail. Is that what you were looking for?
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