OT: mail server /var/mail

Martin Hepworth martinh at solidstatelogic.com
Wed Dec 13 09:18:50 GMT 2006

Sujith Emmanuel wrote:
> Dear all,
>      Sorry for the OT topic, but i thought it'll hard to look for better 
> mailadmins outside this group.
>      I have a mail server on solaris 2.8. Sometimes my /var/mail/ folder 
> becomes very big. As far as my little knowledge is concerned, /var/mail 
> is used for storing unread mails and /export/home for actual mbox after 
> reading the mail. But even after people reads their mail, it is still 
> left at /var/mail.
>      What i do now when the size becomes huge is to ask the users to 
> delete some of their mails. Can anyone point me in the right direction? 
> btw, most of the users use pine for checking mail.
> Thanks and Regards
> Sujith Emmanuel

depends on how you pop/imap server works as to where it keeps email 
after reading. Perhaps you can say which program you use as the pop or 
imap server.

Martin Hepworth
Senior Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300


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