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 mail problem: file permissions for lock file
I've recently changed the file permissions on /usr/spool/mail to

drwxrwxrwx   2 bin      mail         512 Aug  3 12:02 /usr/spool/mail/
-rw-rw----   1 kessi    mail         647 Aug  3 12:02 /usr/spool/mail/kessi

to make xmailtool (a public domain X mailer) work. They used to be

drwxrwxr-x   2 bin      mail         512 Aug  3 11:24 /usr/spool/mail/
-rw-rw----   1 kessi    mail           0 Jun 23 12:08 /usr/spool/mail/kessi

before, and xmailtool was unable to create a lock file in /usr/spool/mail.
Now some people who are trying to mail to me have been getting messages back
with the error message

  --- The transcript of the session follows ---
bellmail: cannot create lock file /usr/spool/mail/kessi.lock: The file access
permissions do not allow the specified action.
550 kessi... Insufficient permission

Can anyone tell me what is exactly happening? And how to solve it? ;-)
I suppose the bellmail on my machine which is trying to create the
lock file. What is this lock file exactly good for? Why are the mails
sometimes delivered and sometimes not?

Thanks a ton for any hints! Best regards,


Alain Kessi (
Paul Scherrer Institut, Zuerich, Switzerland

 Mon, 19 Jan 1998 03:00:00 GMT   
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