--On September 19, 2006 9:50:18 PM -0700 jekillen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

Hello again;
I have a question about how mail from the system is generated for root.
This question was prompted when I edited the Postfix aliases file and
ran newaliases, then did postfix reload, assuming the mail system was
running. I was informed that Postfix was not running.


Informed how?  What do you see in /var/log/maillog?

What does:
egrep {'error|warn|fatal|alert'} /var/log/maillog

return?

So the question,
how does mail generated by the system get delivered to the root account?
Here is my motive:
I have a server that I want to run headless. I want to be able to
retrieve
mail to root from another machine via ssh login (on the same private net
work number/netmask 255.255.255.0). I cannot login to the system as
root over ssh. I don't know if I can read root mail with su (as wheel
group
member). I tried this but maybe I'm not using the appropriate parameter.

ssh in to the box using your account.  Then type:
su -
Enter the root password
type:
mail
then select the number of the message you want to read.

man (1) mail

Paul Schmehl ([EMAIL PROTECTED])
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/

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