Subject: Re: "cannot lock mailbox"...
To: Scott Reynolds <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 08/22/1997 15:13:50
In message <Pine.NEB.3.95.970822162322.838o-100000@bonzai>,
Scott Reynolds writes:

>In summary:  let's not shoot ourselves in the foot by downplaying the
>potential for problems.  Recognize it, announce it clearly, and move on.

There are two parts to this: NetBSD's own maildrop-delivery mechanism,
and the default that NetBSD-supplied mail-reading tools use.

[qIt's years since I hacked inside binmail/mail.local, but IIRC,
that's where local mail delivery gets done.

I hate to be a nochangenik yet again, but can we *please* make this
change configurable, so individual sites can choose between the
existing maildrop-delivery behaviour or the new behaviour?

I agree the directory-per-user behaviour is better. I'd like to use
it.  However, I'm using an NFS-mounted mailspool between hosts

	 NetBSD, SunOS, Solaris, Linux, AIX, Ultrix

Sure, /var/spool/mail has security problems in many environments.  But
in other (heterogenous) environments, compatibility with the old way
of doing things is more important.

I know I can configure sendmail to forward almost all mail to an
antique host for mail deliver, but that still leaves `local' mail
(e.g., to root).

What's on the table for MUAs? Changing the default maildrop path for
all source in the NetBsd tree, or explicitly setting $MAIL?