Subject: Re: "cannot lock mailbox"...
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael C. Richardson <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/22/1997 15:40:05

>>>>> "Scott" == Scott Reynolds <scottr@Plexus.COM> writes:

    Scott> On Fri, 22 Aug 1997, Perry E. Metzger wrote:

    >> For the moment, simply doing /var/mail/user/Mailbox would be a
    >> win, though, and would require zero software changes.

    Scott> You seem to be certain that all existing (contemporary)
    Scott> third-party mail packages already support this.  Does
    Scott> `zero' mean something other than `absolutely none' in this
    Scott> case?

  $MAIL should take care of it.

  I agree that the change it good, but I'd like to see us move to
something like the Cyrus IMAP, but possibly scaled down a bit.
  . no direct access to email by files. Always by a protocol,
	defaulting to talking to a unix domain socket /var/run/imapd
	[if email is remote, then a local proxy runs]

  . no support for pipes in .forward files. Instead, provide a
	program similar to "atrun" that provides equivalent

  . mail files not owned by user

  This is very qmail-like. I'm not a big fan of some of Qmail's
behaviour, but there are some very nice qualities that I like.

  If someone is *very* concerned about /var/mail functionality, then
perhaps a virtual file system will show up to handle that.

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