On Friday 01 June 2007 14:11, Steve Bertrand wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I'm setting up a FreeBSD 5.4 system that need to run unattended for a
> > year or more.
> > I've noticed that the /var/mail/root file grows a bit over time.
> >
> > Do I need to configure the system in some way to prevent this file from
> > growing indefinately, filling up the /var partition?
> Are you actually interested in reading root mail?
> Are you running sendmail?
> If so, in the /etc/mail/aliases file, change the root alias to an email
> address that someone actually POP's.
> If you don't want to read the email at all, change the root alias to
> point to /dev/null.

What I've been caught by a couple of times is the periodic(8) routines, which 
quickly fill roots mailbox with daily, weekly and monthly status reports.

If you're not going to forward these to a real user but still want to keep 
(some of) them available, put


in /etc/periodic.conf. The relevant reports will be logged into the respective 
files, and newsyslog already knows to rotate these if they exist, so they 
won't grow endlessly (by default, /etc/newsyslog.conf keeps a week of dailys, 
5 weeks of weeklys and a year of monthlys).

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