Subject: Re: "cannot lock mailbox"...
To: Rafal Boni <>
From: Jukka Marin <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/24/1997 10:56:25
On Sat, Aug 23, 1997 at 08:10:17PM -0400, Rafal Boni wrote:
> In <199708232332.TAA13891@Twig.Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>, der Mouse wrote: 
> -> Independent of compatability issues (an important disclaimer with all
> -> the random MUAs running around out there!), I prefer $HOME/something
> -> (on this machine we use $HOME/.mail).  What other utility keeps a
> -> user's files in a central place instead of in that user's directory?

at does.  Then there are all programs that use /var/spool/* (but they
are a different case).

> -> The only one I can think of offhand is cron, and I'm not convinced
> -> there's any need to in that case either - I'd prefer to see a user's
> -> crontab in $HOME/.crontab or some such.
> 	I dunno... Imagine a group of machines which all mount your 
> 	$HOME from a central location... do you really want each of
> 	the machines to run your cron commands?? Moreover, cron would
> 	have to walk all users directories to be aware of crontabs,
> 	rather than walking the one directory with potentially smaller
> 	number of files (the assumption is that there will always be more 
> 	users than cron users).

True.  Would make things more complicated..