Subject: Re: Location of Mail Directory
To: Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <cgd@postgres.Berkeley.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 04/05/1994 21:07:28
>I took a look at /usr/src/usr/bin/mail but didn't find any obvious reason why.

umm, if you track down where mail gets the name from, you find:

        char *np; 
        if ((np = getenv("USER")) != NOSTR)
                return np;
        return getname(getuid());

now, i'll bet that you've got USER set...

as for your 'from' problems:

327 [sun-lamp] mail % from | wc
     870    6090   53944 
328 [sun-lamp] mail % su
sun-lamp# from | wc
from: can't read /var/mail/root.
       0       0       0 
sun-lamp# from root
from: can't read /var/mail/root.

i'd guess that there's something wrong with your environment.