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mails not coming...

Naveej.K.A
Honored Contributor

mails not coming...

Hi everyone,

require help on this.

Sendmail is configured to work as a mail server. incoming mails are not coming to users' PC. it is getting delivered at /var/mail/$logname.

gives the following error in /var/adm/syslog/syslog.log file

Apr 16 15:38:05 unix popper[4909]: (v2.1.3-R3) Servicing request from "21.4.2.72
-VN.Pattar-411" at 21.4.2.72
Apr 16 15:38:05 unix popper[4909]: Unable to create temporary temporary maildrop
'/usr/mail/:pop': No such file or directory
Apr 16 15:38:05 unix popper[4909]: -ERR System error, can't create temporary fil
e.
Apr 16 15:38:05 unix popper[4909]: -ERR POP timeout
Apr 16 15:38:05 unix popper[4909]: (v2.1.3-R3) Ending request from "vnpattar" at
(21.4.2.72-VN.Pattar-411) 21.4.2.72
while any user try to access his mails from a windows PC.

tried telnet serverip 110 from the server itself. shows
Connected to unix
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK UCB Pop server (version 2.1.3-R3) at unix starting.

Please help me...
it was working all fine just before the reboot.
the popper service is getting started. am able to see from the syslog file

regds
Naveej
practice makes a man perfect!!!
5 REPLIES
Naveej.K.A
Honored Contributor

Re: mails not coming...

hi

something to add up

telnet 21.4.1.3 110
Trying...
Connected to 21.4.1.3.
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK UCB Pop server (version 2.1.3-R3) at unix starting.
user test
+OK Password required for hcl.
pass test1
-ERR System error, can't create temporary file.

regds
Naveej
practice makes a man perfect!!!
KapilRaj
Honored Contributor

Re: mails not coming...

Naveej,

I hope these POP3 accounts are nothing but unix accounts (?!). In that case can you see there is no mbox files under the user's home ?.

The filename is "mbox"

See I am not very confident in suggesting this hence mv it some where else and give it a try !

Kaps
Nothing is impossible
Naveej.K.A
Honored Contributor

Re: mails not coming...

It is really amazing!!!!

ll /usr/sbin/popper
was showing the file of size 65537 with a root:email (user:group)

but when on the other server i saw it with a different size and permission.
copied the file to the problematic machine

removed entry for pop from /etc/inetd.conf
did an inetd -c
added entry for pop
again did an inetd -c

and things started working....

all bunnies to me....
but i need to figure out how this got changed. I'm sure everything was working smooth before the reboot

regds
naveej
practice makes a man perfect!!!
Radhakrishnan Venkatara
Trusted Contributor

Re: mails not coming...

Hi naveej,

This is nothing to do with size of the popper or inetd services.

This occurs when the user does not have the permissions to create the .user.pop in the temporary drop directory (which defaults to the mail spool directory). Check the permissions of this directory.


Radhakrishnan
Negative thinking is a highest form of Intelligence
KapilRaj
Honored Contributor

Re: mails not coming...

Did u set "setuid" on /usr/bin/cp command ?? :) (Zero points !!)

Kaps
Nothing is impossible