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Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 11:17:39 -0500
From: "James R. Mirick" <>
Subject: Re: Suddenly, won't authenticate

[root@...ux2600 ~]# ls -ld /var/spool/mail{,/jrm}
drwxrwxr-x  2 root mail 4096 Jul 13 09:41 /var/spool/mail
-rw-rw----  1 jrm  mail    1 Jul 13 09:41 /var/spool/mail/jrm

Regarding other mailboxes, yes there are others and -- interestingly -- 
ones that have never had mail will allow a login via telnet, ones that 
have had mail cause failures.

I created a new user -- testuser (not very original this morning) and 
presto there is the mailbox in /var/spool/mail.  I send mail to this box 
from outside, and it appears there, and I can telnet into the account 
and do a LIST.  I then created a T-bird account to get to it, and it can 
do so, download it, and it deletes the mail from the server and LIST 
shows nothing.

Therefore, I believe that the mailboxes that exist on the server are 
somehow damaged and I should just recreate them, or let Postfix do it 
when they get mail. This is a backup mail server for us, so nothing will 
be lost if I just delete the mail files.

Solar Designer wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 09:54:45AM -0500, James R. Mirick wrote:
>> (Sorry about the HTML, I assume this is now plain text?)
> Yes, it is - thank you!
>> The mailbox size was only 150K, I reduced it to zero (just deleted the 
>> contents via the mail server's console) and it still fails. 
> OK, let's proceed further.  Can you please post the output of -
> 	ls -ld /var/spool/mail{,/jrm}
> to this mailing list such that we can see whether the permissions on the
> directory and the file are correct?
> Do you have other mailboxes on this server?  If so, are you able to
> access them via popa3d?

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