First of all let me say that I am very new to Linux so if this is in an
faq or seems a stupid question please forgive me.
I have just installed smail 3.1.29 on my Slackware system. I am testing it
by just using mail to send to local users. I can mail to root with no
problems from every other user. However, if I try to mail to any user
other than root it fails and the message gets sent to postmaster. The error
shown is "Xfail: <djh> reason: (ERR133) transport local: failed to open
output file: Permission denied." It seems to be failing when writing to
the mailbox in /var/spool/mail. This directory is owned by root, group
mail and is rwx to both of these. It is r-x to others. I can get round the
problem by making the directory rwx to everyone but is this the right
thing to do. All users except root are in group users. I tried putting
them in group mail as well but this did not help.
Can someone help please.