SUMMARY: /va/mail changes group to gid (instead of group mail )after reboot

From: Nikul Raval (
Date: Thu Apr 06 2000 - 11:45:02 CDT

Thanks to only reply from Arthur Darren Dunham so far.
Brought system to single user mode and changed permission and rebooted to
multiuser mode.
I was immediately able to receive my E-mails.

Thanks in advance for all other responses yet to come.

> Folks,
> My SUN box (running Solaris 2.6) is in HP-UX mail server environment (running
> 10.20).
> /var/mail is automounted. Everytime my box is rebooted /var/mail on mail
> changes group to
> my gid instead of group mail. Mail sent to me is bounced with permission
> error.
> I can't access mail box on my workstation (sparc 5).
> Any ideas how to fix this?

Check the permissions on the /var/mail directory on your box, the actual
directory in /var that lies underneath the mount point.

Reboot to single user and check before autofs starts.

Darren Dunham                                 
Unix System Administrator                    Taos - The SysAdmin Company
Got some Dr Pepper?                                      Santa Clara, CA
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