mailspool error running Mutt

Wouter Eerdekens retuow at
Tue Nov 9 09:59:11 UTC 2004

On Mon, Nov 08, 2004 at 10:04:41PM -0800, Matvei Kliuchnikov wrote:
> When running mutt for the first time under a newly-created user (via
> the Gnome "Users and Groups" utility), I'm getting the following
> error:
> /var/mail/$USERNAME: No such file or directory (errno = 2)
> where $USERNAME is whatever user was recently created. 

As long as a user didn't receive a single mail since its creation,
/var/mail/$USERNAME won't exist. Sending the user a mail will automatically
create the spoolfile. This 'error' is harmless.

> Shouldn't the Gnome "Users and Groups" utility create the mail folder
> automatically in var?

I don't think so: the mailspool files are (in my opinion) managed by the
MTA, not by the user creation tool.


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