Question to Postfix users

Julian Field MailScanner at
Sat Oct 29 17:09:02 IST 2005

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Dhawal Doshy wrote:

> Julian Field wrote:
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>> Do you always have your Incoming Work Dir and Quarantine Dir owned by 
>> the postfix user?
>> What about the postfix group as well?
> Umm no, not for "Quarantine Dir" since i use mailwatch as well.
> [root at mx1 ~]# ll /var/spool/MailScanner/
> total 8
> drwx------  14 postfix postfix 4096 Oct 29 19:20 incoming
> drwxrwxr-x  18 root    apache  4096 Oct 29 04:03 quarantine

But if you are using postfix, and "Run As User = postfix" then how does 
it write into your quarantine? What do you have as "Run As User"?

>> I'm trying to make the init.d script better so that it sets the 
>> ownership automatically for postfix users to make their installation 
>> easier. I'm setting the ownership of the PID file too.
> PID seems fine here.
> [root at mx1 ~]# ll /var/run/
> -rw-------  1 postfix postfix 6 Oct 29 19:18 /var/run/

This isn't necessarily the case on SuSE systems, as the init.d script 
functions may create the pid file as root, which then cannot be written 
by MailScanner.

I'm trying to avoid that problem, and also in new installations when 
people are using Postfix and haven't set the incoming and quarantine 
directories ownership. I'm trying to use "Run As User" to set the 
incoming and quarantine directory ownership.

Am I actually going to cause more trouble than I'm solving?

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