Help mounting mail under Solaris 2.3

Help mounting mail under Solaris 2.3

Post by David Rowla » Thu, 15 Dec 1994 04:35:02

I am in the process of migrating a system from SunOS 4.1.3 to Solaris 2.3.
One problem I have encountered is mounting user's mail boxes from
a mail server running SunOS 4.1.3 to the machine running Solaris 2.3.
The autofs under Solaris works well at mounting the mail boxes.
The problem arises when a user trys to modify their mail box.
When a user trys to modify a mail box, an error occurs saying
that the operation could not complete and to check the
directory permissions.  Checking the permissions shows that
/var/mail under Solaris 2.3 is world readable and executable
but not writable by anyone.  /var/spool/mail under SunOS
4.1.3 is world readable, writable, has setgid and the sticky
bit set.  Attempts to change the permissions on /var/mail
result in a warning saying that the permissions on /var/mail
can not be changed, a strong indication that my attempt to
change the permissions was not the right thing to do.
My question is, what is that solution?  What must I do to allow
users to modify their mail boxes?

All sincere suggestions gratefully appreciated, all flames
gracefully ignored.


System Administrator - Wyndemere Inc., Boulder, Colorado

Don't tread on me!


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        Mike Haertel

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