Subject: Re: Mail and locking
To: Greg A. Woods <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/04/1996 17:14:44
On Wed, 4 Dec 1996, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> Well, you can't guarantee that stale locks can be removed, but it is
> trival to *extend* the original dot locking to support optional ability
> for stale lock removal.

Indeed. Which is why it's already been extended at least two different

> A unique, member-less group owner for the spool file simplifies the
> security model to no end, reducing risks left right and centre.

Ha ha ha ha ha....

> What can be simpler than copying your precious, but broken, mailbox
> spool file to a private place and then causing it to be safely truncated
> to allow ongoing deliveries of new good mail by the MTA?  You don't even
> have to be superuser to do this safely with the appropriate support
> program, such as movemail.

You don't seem to understand. That mail has to be put back into
the mailbox when you're done. No shell accounts on this machine,


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