Mail disaster - semi-new system

G. Armour Van Horn vanhorn at
Tue May 16 01:47:30 IST 2006

A new hint just arrived. One of my many test messages just generated a 
bounce, here's a snip:

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
procmail: Couldn't create "/var/mail/vanhorn"
procmail: Error while writing to "/var/log/maillog"
<vanhorn at>... Deferred: local mailer (/usr/bin/procmail) exited with EX_TEMPFAIL

Suddenly I'm wondering what's with "/var/mail/vanhorn" as mail on this 
machine get written to /var/spool/mail as far as I know. There is a 
/var/mail, but it's a link to /var/spool/mail anyway. Privs on 
/var/spool/mail were 755 and owned by root, I just did go+w on it to 
eliminate that possibility, but it doesn't look like it actually changed 


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