On Jun 3, 2007, at 8:05 AMJun 3, 2007, Thierry Lacoste wrote:
On Sunday 03 June 2007 14:01, Christopher Hilton wrote:
Thierry Lacoste wrote:
I'm running a postfix server on FreeBSD 6.1 and I'd like to have
a cronjob which deletes old mails from mboxes in /var/mail.
I tried mail/archivemail but it cannot create it's lock file
in /var/mail because it runs as the user owning the mailbox
on which it operates.
I also tried mail/archmbox but I'm wondering if it is safe
to use it while postfix is running. Quoting the manual:
A few words about locking. There has been a discussion about
archmbox handles file locking. The answer is simple: no mailbox
locked. The reason behind this behavior is that I want archmbox
to be as
least invasive as possible, so other kind of checks are
ensure that no data is lost (mailbox has changed/mailbox is in
another program). I will surely add some locking mechanism in the
Any help would be appreciated.
Have you consider using Maildir/ format instead? A switch to Maildir/
format would allow you to use the "find" program to weed out your
mailbox and locking is not an issue.
AFAICS the Maildir/ format implies that mails are delivered to the
directory of the users.
On the mail server the home diretory is NFS-mounted read-only just to
be able to see the .forward files.
Users are required to use only pops to read their mail (qpopper is
mail server) and I wanted to avoid unnecessary network traffic:
mail server to the NFS server upon mail receipt and in the other
readind mail with pops.
That's not true. My particular mail system saves to a mail-specific
directory, under /usr/local. Not in the user's home directory.
If you're worried about disk space, try enabling quotas in your
postfix configuration. There's a great postfix how to at
www.purplehat.org to help you set all this up. Personally, I don't
try to tell users what email they can have, I just limit their space
- they'll decide what's important and what's not.
However, maildir is the way to go if you want to search for delete
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