SUMMARY: spool/mail directory permission changes

From: Terry Gorby (
Date: Wed Jan 19 2000 - 10:31:02 CST

Thanks to all, but nothing helped yet.

Are you running ASET? Look in .usr/aset and/or root crontab
I saw this happen years ago when my mail server was
Solaris 1 (SunOS 4.1.3) and it was being accessed by
users on Solaris 2.3. My fix was exactly what
you did. I have always wondered if it wasn't
different versions of sendmail, not different
versions of the OS.
Any reason you need /var/mail 5777? I think
sendmail is probably changing
the permissions on you. It should be 1777

Not runining ASET.

If I have permissions set to 1777 then any user can
remove the mail files; all mail files. Thats
why we have permissions set to more restricted.


Original Post:

> Greeting Masters.
> Condition:
> I have a mail server, Ultra2 running
> Solaris 2.6, sendmail 893, and majordomo 1.94. The spool
> directory is on a local drive while home directories
> are NFS mounted. /usr/mail is linked to /var/mail both
> are linked to /var/spool/mail.
> Every so often (various date and times
> For example, Jan 5 07:22, Jan 5 17:23, Jan 13 09:43,
> Jan 13 11:03, Jan 13 13:55) the permissions on /var/spool/mail
> get changed to 1777. A script runs to check on the permissions and resets
> the permissions to 5777.
> Question:
> What programs (if any) would change permissions on "var-spool-mail"?

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