File ownership {Scanned by HJMS}

Peter Peters P.G.M.Peters at
Thu Oct 2 09:53:47 IST 2003

On Wed, 1 Oct 2003 11:09:19 -0500, you wrote:

>> My question is, what controls how the inbound mail files get
>> created so I
>Sendmail.  It creates those files, not MailScanner.  Not sure whether you
>can configure sendmail to use different ownership, nor what the
>ramifications might be if you did.  Would be interested to find out though.

I have configured sendmail to run as user mail since a couple of years.
In the past you had to tweak the security settings very thorough but
since 8.11 it handles this as what you would expect.

When we log in as user mail instead of root, you can still do everything
as that user (even kill some sendmail processes). The only thing you
can't do is look in user's mailboxes. And I have restricted the use of
mailq to only user mail.

O yeah, you can't kill the listening sendmail process.

Peter Peters, senior netwerkbeheerder
Dienst Informatietechnologie, Bibliotheek en Educatie (ITBE)
Universiteit Twente,  Postbus 217,  7500 AE  Enschede
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