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Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 12:24:01 -0500
From: "James R. Mirick" <>
Subject: Re: Suddenly, won't authenticate

And presto, it works . . .  Thanks!

I reset the other mailboxes to zero and they are accessible now too.  
They have been collecting spam (they are only backups) so I  have been 
going in every week or so with gedit and "select all" and "delete" and 
then saving.  This will be easier and will obviously work better.

I'm not sure what happened just now with this, as I said its been in 
this mode for about 9 months and has worked fine as-is until yesterday.  
Oh well . . .


Solar Designer wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 11:17:39AM -0500, James R. Mirick wrote:
>> [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
> Thanks.  Please notice that the mailbox is not empty - its size is 1
> byte, which is wrong.  Please empty it with the following command:
> 	> /var/spool/mail/jrm
> (that is, redirect the "output" of "nothing" to it).  Then make sure
> that its size is 0.
>> 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.
> It sounds like you have local deliveries setup incorrectly, resulting in
> mailbox corruption.  Maybe your local deliveries and popa3d are not
> configured to follow the same locking convention.  It may be
> time-consuming to debug this problem via this mailing list.  If you
> like, I can debug and fix the problem operating on your server over SSH,
> provided that you compensate for my time.  Please contact me via private
> e-mail if you're interested.
> If this server does nothing more than e-mail, you might consider
> re-installing it with Openwall GNU/*/Linux (Owl) - which has correctly
> configured Postfix and popa3d available for use out of the box.

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