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MAIL.LOCAL(8) OpenBSD System Manager's Manual MAIL.LOCAL(8)
mail.local - store mail in a mailbox
mail.local [-L] [-l] [-f from] [-H] user ...
Mail.local reads the standard input up to an end-of-file and appends it
to each user's mail file. The user must be a valid user name.
The options are as follows:
-f from Specify the sender's name.
-l For compatibility, request that files named username.lock be
used for locking. (This is the default behavior.)
-L Request that flock() be used for locking the mail spool rather
-H This mode is useful for a client mail program to attain proper
locking. In this mode mail.local (ignoring all other arguments)
attains a username.lock for the calling user and retains it un-
til stdin is closed or a signal like SIGINT, SIGTERM, or SIGHUP
is received. If mail.local is able to create the lock file,
``1'' is written to stdout, otherwise ``0'' is written and an
error message is written to stderr.
Individual mail messages in the mailbox are delimited by an empty line
followed by a line beginning with the string ``From ''. A line contain-
ing the string ``From '', the sender's name and a time stamp is prepended
to each delivered mail message. A blank line is appended to each mes-
sage. A greater-than character (``>'') is prepended to any line in the
message which could be mistaken for a ``From '' delimiter line.
Significant efforts have been made to ensure that mail.local acts as se-
curely as possible if the spool directory is mode 1777 or 755. The de-
fault of mode 755 is more secure, but it prevents mail clients from using
all styles of locking. The use of 1777 is more flexible in an NFS
shared-spool environment, thus many sites use it. However it does carry
some risks, such as attackers filling the spool disk. Some of these
problems may be alleviated by making the spool a separate filesystem, and
placing quotas on it. The use of any mode other than 1777 and 755 for
the spool directory is recommended against but may work properly.
By default, mailbox locking is done with username.lock files. However, if
the -L flag is specified, the mailbox is exclusively locked with flock(2)
while mail is appended.
If the ``biff'' service is returned by getservbyname(3), the biff server
is notified of delivered mail.
The mail.local utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
TZ Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.
/tmp/local.XXXXXXXXXX temporary files
/var/mail/user user's mailbox directory
A superset of mail.local (handling mailbox reading as well as mail deliv-
ery) appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX as the program mail.
Since sendmail(8) bases its idea of whether a message has been delivered
or not on the return value from mail.local, using quotas in /var/mail can
be problematic. By default, sendmail(8) will ask mail.local to deliver a
message to multiple recipients if possible. This causes problems in a
quota environment since a message may be delivered to some users but not
others due to disk quotas. Even though the message was delivered to some
of the recipients, mail.local will exit with an exit code > 0, causing
sendmail(8) to attempt redelivery later. That means that some users will
keep getting the same message every time sendmail(8) runs its queue.
If you are running with disk quotas on /var/mail it is imperative that
you unset the ``m'' mailer flag for the `local' mailer. To do this, lo-
cate the line beginning with ``Mlocal'' in /etc/sendmail.cf and remove
the ``m'' from the flags section, denoted by ``F=''. Alternately, you can
override the default mailer flags by adding the line:
to your ``.mc'' file (this is the source file that is used to generate
biff(1), mail(1), xsend(1), flock(2), getservbyname(3), comsat(8),
OpenBSD 2.3 April 27, 1991 2
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
(Corrections, notes, and links courtesy of RocketAware.com)
FreeBSD Sources for mail.local(8)
OpenBSD sources for mail.local(8)
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