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Hi, System: 5.3-REL-p5 I would like to get my local mail (from /var/mail/<user>) in my Thunderbird (v1.0 - 20050310) mailbox. I found http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2003-December/027652.html which is talking about version 0.3... But I get the same message as described after having created a movemail mailbox : "unable to create <user>.lock file". I've tried to set up a movemail for the user and one for Root, but get the same message back. So, how do I get those local mails transferred into my mailbox ? Beni....

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    Default Thunderbird and local mail ?

    Hi,

    System: 5.3-REL-p5

    I would like to get my local mail (from /var/mail/<user>) in my
    Thunderbird (v1.0 - 20050310) mailbox.

    I found
    http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2003-December/027652.html
    which is talking about version 0.3... But I get the same message as
    described after having created a movemail mailbox : "unable to create
    <user>.lock file". I've tried to set up a movemail for the user and one
    for Root, but get the same message back.

    So, how do I get those local mails transferred into my mailbox ?

    Beni.
    FreeBSDBeni Guest

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    Default Re: Thunderbird and local mail ?

    FreeBSDBeni wrote:
     

    How and why are you getting local mail? If your using TB for pop/smtp
    (via ISP), and all you really want is to ensure you get root's mail,
    goto /etc/mail and edit aliases to something like this:

    root: com

    Then, type newaliases and viola, your root's mail is sent to you at your
    ISP's account, then TB will get that mail. This is only one way of
    doing it, and without knowing what and why, that's the 1st thing that
    came to mind.

    Chris


    --
    Best regards,
    Chris

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    Chris Guest

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    Default Re: Thunderbird and local mail ?

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    Chris wrote:

    | FreeBSDBeni wrote:
    |
    |> Hi,
    |>
    |> System: 5.3-REL-p5
    |>
    |> I would like to get my local mail (from /var/mail/<user>) in my
    |> Thunderbird (v1.0 - 20050310) mailbox.
    |>
    |> I found
    |>
    http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2003-December/027652.html
    |> which is talking about version 0.3... But I get the same message
    |> as described after having created a movemail mailbox : "unable to
    |> create <user>.lock file". I've tried to set up a movemail for
    |> the user and one for Root, but get the same message back.
    |>
    |> So, how do I get those local mails transferred into my mailbox ?
    |>
    |>
    |
    | How and why are you getting local mail? If your using TB for
    | pop/smtp (via ISP), and all you really want is to ensure you get
    | root's mail, goto /etc/mail and edit aliases to something like
    | this:

    As to the how and why part : someone has to read the daily/weekly
    output from /etc/periodic/, no ? Kmail and others handle it nicely, so
    why shoudn't Thunderbird do it ? (By the way, in Kmail all you have to
    do is create a "local mailbox", point the location to /var/mail/<user>
    and chose None as locking method).

    | root: com

    I have : "root: beni" (and ran newaliases) which is me as the user.
    Why should I send those mails to my ISP and then be read back with TB,
    since they are already here ?

    Beni.

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    beni Guest

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    Default Re: Thunderbird and local mail ?

    beni wrote:
     

    I dunno - as I said, it was off the top. Lots of way to do it. TB also
    allows the use of local afaik. I can't look now due to the fact that I'm
    doing a portupgrade. But as you said, if KMail can, TB ought to

    --
    Best regards,
    Chris

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    Default Re: Thunderbird and local mail ?

    You Wrote:

     

    Hi,

    The popup message on Thunderbird tells you (somewhat cryptically) what you need to do. I believe it says something along the lines of:

    ---
    Unable to create <user>.lock file. For movemail to work, it is necessary to create lock files in the mail spool directory. On many systems, this is best accomplished by making the spool directory be mode 01777.
    ---

    The spool directory is /var/mail, so what I did was (as root), cd to /var, then 'chmod 1777 mail'. Please note that this machine is behind a firewall, and provides no services to the internet, so I'm not very concerned about any security holes doing this may open up.

    I'm using Tbird 1.0, and I haven't touched my sendmail configuration from the "factory defaults". I redirected (via /etc/mail/aliases) the "root" mail to the normal user that runs X.

    Christopher


    Christopher Guest

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    Christopher Kelley wrote:

    | You Wrote:
    |
    |
    |> Hi,
    |>
    |> System: 5.3-REL-p5
    |>
    |> I would like to get my local mail (from /var/mail/<user>) in my
    |> Thunderbird (v1.0 - 20050310) mailbox.
    |>
    |> I found
    |>
    http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2003-December/027652.html
    |> which is talking about version 0.3... But I get the same message
    |> as described after having created a movemail mailbox : "unable to
    |> create <user>.lock file". I've tried to set up a movemail for
    |> the user and one for Root, but get the same message back.
    |>
    |> So, how do I get those local mails transferred into my mailbox ?
    |>
    |> Beni.
    |>
    |
    | Hi,
    |
    | The popup message on Thunderbird tells you (somewhat cryptically)
    | what you need to do. I believe it says something along the lines
    | of:
    |
    | --- Unable to create <user>.lock file. For movemail to work, it is
    | necessary to create lock files in the mail spool directory. On many
    | systems, this is best accomplished by making the spool directory
    | be mode 01777. ---
    |
    | The spool directory is /var/mail, so what I did was (as root), cd
    | to /var, then 'chmod 1777 mail'. Please note that this machine is
    | behind a firewall, and provides no services to the internet, so I'm
    | not very concerned about any security holes doing this may open
    | up.
    |
    | I'm using Tbird 1.0, and I haven't touched my sendmail
    | configuration from the "factory defaults". I redirected (via
    | /etc/mail/aliases) the "root" mail to the normal user that runs X.
    |
    | Christopher
    |
    Yep, that did it. Thanks a lot !

    Beni.

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