Postfix, Mutt And No Root Mail?

Derek Broughton news at
Sat Sep 1 16:19:16 UTC 2007

Hal Burgiss wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 01, 2007 at 07:35:22AM -0700, Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
>> Sep  1 09:16:53 ubuntu postfix/local[24833]:
>> 00263108357: to=<lchata at ubuntu>, relay=local,
>> delay=0.53, delays=0.28/0.19/0/0.06, dsn=5.2.0,
>> status=bounced (cannot update mailbox /var/mail/lchata
>> for user lchata. cannot open file: Is a directory)
> As pointed out, postfix is trying to deliver to a file (mbox style
> mailbox), but found a directory there instead. I suggest also moving
> or just deleting the directory (ie lchata directory). Postfix should
> create a mailbox file if the user is valid, and one does not already
> exist.
As long as Mutt can handle Maildirs,  I'd actually recommend reconfiguring
postfix to write to maildirs, but that's strictly a matter of choice :-) 
(and obviously the mbox fix will be much faster)

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