Subject: bin/3063: /usr/bin/mail now requires /var/mail to be writable.
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ted Lemon <email@example.com>
Date: 12/27/1996 15:51:54
>Synopsis: /usr/bin/mail now requires /var/mail to be writable.
>Responsible: bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>Arrival-Date: Fri Dec 27 16:05:01 1996
>Originator: Ted Lemon
>Release: December 22, 1996
System: NetBSD andare 1.2B NetBSD 1.2B (ANDARE) #2: Tue Dec 24 03:15:28 PST 1996 mellon@andare:/var/NetBSD/current/sys/arch/i386/compile/ANDARE i386
/usr/bin/mail now tries to create a file in /var/mail in order
to support locking across NFS mounts. This requires that
/var/mail be writable by the mail program. The current mtree
declarations have it writable only by root, so locking fails.
Install -current. As a user other than root, read your mail
with /usr/bin/mail. Quit out of mail with the q command. It
will print an error message and not update the mail file.
Fix permissions in etc/mtree/4.4BSD.var, do some sort of setuid
or setgid hack to /usr/bin/mail, or take out dot-locking.