SUMMARY: Solaris-10 local mail deliver to file

From: Rob De Langhe <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 2011 - 05:52:15 EST
Thanks to David Magda being the sole replier to my query. He suggested  
using 'maildrop' as MDA.
I retrieved it, compiled it, but while searching for configuration  
hints/tips about making it store the messages in a particular user's  
mailbox file, I realized that the same issue would exist as with  
"dovecot" :

- when I run "fetchmail" as a non-root user, then that particular user  
must find a way to get permissions to write into the mailbox file of  
the (other) user for which it has retrieved new messages.

- so why no simply launch "fetchmail" as each particular user account  
of whom the messages need be retrieved, and so it is that same process  
that will launch the MDA program (such as dovecot) and store the  
messages in that same user's mailbox file. No more permissions issue.

-> I did that, and it works like a charm, messages are nicely fetched  
and stored in the particular user's mailbox file.

Citeren Rob De Langhe <>:

> hi all,
> struggling to get local mails delivered into $HOME/.mail/Inbox instead of
> the default /var/mail/$USER
> I managed to have /etc/mail/aliases populated such that $USER gets aliases
> to /home/someuser/.mail/Inbox
> When sending a mail to someuser@localhost I get a bounced message back
> saying
> blabla
> --- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----
> /home/someuser/.mail/Inbox
>     (reason: Can't create output)
> blabla
> Permissions are:
> # ls -ld /home
> dr-xr-xr-x   root root ... /home
> # ls -ld /home/someuser
> drwxr-xr-x   someuser somegrp ... /home/someuser
> # ls -ld /home/someuser/.mail
> drwxrwx---   root mail ... /home/someuser/.mail
> # ls -l /home/someuser/.mail/Inbox
> -rw-rw----   someuser mail ... /home/someuser/.mail/Inbox
> I see that /usr/lib/mail.local is being used to deliver because it's
> access timestamp gets updated with each test that I do.
> The permissions of that binary are:
> -r-xr-xr-x   1 root     bin        63156 Aug  8  2009 /usr/lib/mail.local
> Any idea what's wrong with the permissions (if that's the reason, anyhow)?
> thx in advance
> Rob
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