Help: Mail overflow, Links from /var/spool/mail ?

Help: Mail overflow, Links from /var/spool/mail ?

Post by Peter Burg » Wed, 22 Mar 1995 17:43:58



Dear Reader,

A bit of a Newbie question.

Has anyone used symbolic links in /var/spool/mail to
store incoming mail on a seperate disk?

I tried replacing /var/spool/mail/fred (say) with a link to
/scratch/incoming/fred but things didn't quite work when our
Mac users connected in via the popper (POP3) to download mail
using Eudora. Eudora didn't like the link.

Can I somehow replace the whole /var/spool/mail itself with a link of
some form ?

Thanks for any help.

Pete Burge
Geology Department
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham
Surrey U.K.

URL:http://glsun2.gl.rhbnc.ac.uk/PETE/pete.html

 
 
 

Help: Mail overflow, Links from /var/spool/mail ?

Post by Barry Margol » Thu, 23 Mar 1995 04:57:33



>Can I somehow replace the whole /var/spool/mail itself with a link of
>some form ?

At the 1993 Usenix LISA Conference there was a presentation on a software
file system that redirects /usr/spool/mail/<user> to a file in the user's
home directory.
--
Barry Margolin
BBN Planet Corporation, Cambridge, MA


 
 
 

Help: Mail overflow, Links from /var/spool/mail ?

Post by Brian La » Sat, 25 Mar 1995 01:46:32



: >Can I somehow replace the whole /var/spool/mail itself with a link of
: >some form ?

: At the 1993 Usenix LISA Conference there was a presentation on a software
: file system that redirects /usr/spool/mail/<user> to a file in the user's
: home directory.

  I have smail (and pine) using $HOME/.mail as the user's mailbox. This
keeps everything in their home directory, and make it easier for doing
quotas(this is under Linux).

    Brian
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Help: Mail overflow, Links from /var/spool/mail ?

Post by Chris Ta » Sat, 25 Mar 1995 17:07:26


: A bit of a Newbie question.

: Has anyone used symbolic links in /var/spool/mail to
: store incoming mail on a seperate disk?

For our mail here, we use an NFS mount. For example, we have
our mail directory stored in sun1:/disk/mail, and then for
each machine, we have an entry in the automount table:

/var/spool/mail sun1:/disk/mail

If you don't use the automounter, you need to add an
entry to the /etc/fstab file, something like:

 sun1:/disk/mail    /bar/spool/mail      nfs      0 0

I hope that helps,

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