OT: mail server /var/mail

Martin Hepworth martinh at solidstatelogic.com
Wed Dec 13 10:51:05 GMT 2006

Sujith Emmanuel wrote:
> Hi,
>    Thanks for the reply, am using uw-imap 2001a for imap ipop3. Most
> of the time people check mail using pine ie login into the server
> directly through ssh and use pine.
> Thanks and Regards
> Sujith Emmanuel

ah yes, UW-imap will keep people's inbox's in /var/spool/mail (or 
whereever the default spool file is) when using imap, any other folders 
get created in the home directory of the user.

Given they login to the server first, might be useful to move people to 
pop3 access then all the email with get moved to their home dirs.

Another thing is get people to delete stuff, move stuff to other folders 
and/or use quota's.

I think this is a common problem for mail-admins the world over, people 
don't know how to process email properly.

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


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