Problem with Fedora1 and ipop3d

Alexander Dalloz alexander.dalloz at
Thu Apr 22 20:56:41 UTC 2004

Am Do, den 22.04.2004 schrieb Tim Alberts um 22:35:

> I am curious if two programs (procmail and ipop3d or other) try to access the 
> same email file that is locked, what program is writing the error message 
> into the mail file?  My understanding of two programs accessing the same file 
> at the same time is a bunch of garbage and bad things happen.  Not a clean 
> consistently formated error message being written into the mail file.

procmail and ipop3d running is not a problem. I am running that long
enough, on Redhat and now on Fedora, and I never got any problem. As
long as procmail is delivering new email to the $user mbox for new
unread mail in /var/spool/mail the ipop3 or imapd gets no lock on the
file. Again, I am sure you are doing something strange. See i.e. the
following bugzilla entry - not a bug! -:

So we need more input what you are doing. Is there a way you can
reproduce the case when the "error" occurs? You wrote with a clean new
$user mbox file there is no problem. So it will be very good to know
what you did just before the error in maillog occurs. You may to
precisely describe your mail setup (including procmail filter script)
and which actions you run.


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