Mail.app doesn't like Unix (/var/mail) accounts anymore

marmoset

Official Volunteer
I've got Sendmail working on 10.0 now. I copied my m4 files
from my PB installation and the standard things (sending mail,
accepting incoming mail) are working great.

I think the problem I'm having is a Mail.app problem
and not a sendmail problem. When I create a
"UNIX mail" account in Mail.app, it seems to
create it just fine. Unfortunately, nothing I do
can seem to get it to take the incoming mail
from /var/mail/{username} and display it.

Does anyone else have this working? I got
really spoiled in the PB days with being able
to handle all my incoming and outgoing mail
locally.
 

scruffy

Notorious Olive Counter
local mail did not work in PB for me in Mail.app until I did "chmod 755 /var/mail" as root.

This allows Mail.app to lock the /var/mail/$user file so that no two programs can write to it at once, and clobber each other. Pine was willing to accept the risk, but gave angry warning messages.

I haven't got GM installed yet, so I can't try this out...
 

marmoset

Official Volunteer
Originally posted by scruffy
local mail did not work in PB for me in Mail.app until I did "chmod 755 /var/mail" as root.

This allows Mail.app to lock the /var/mail/$user file so that no two programs can write to it at once, and clobber each other. Pine was willing to accept the risk, but gave angry warning messages.

I haven't got GM installed yet, so I can't try this out...
Hmm... I've tried setting mode on /var/mail to 755 and even
777, to no avail.

I have a feeling I'm missing something really obvious, but
so far no joy.
 

scruffy

Notorious Olive Counter
that was "chmod 1777 /var/mail"

the one is the 'sticky bit' - nobody can touch a file that doesn't belong to them (even if group permissions say they can)
 
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