Error Message with Procmail

Gerard Seibert gerard at
Mon Jun 26 23:06:06 UTC 2006

Lowell Gilbert wrote:

> "Gerard E. Seibert" <gerard at> writes:
> > I just installed 'procmail' onto my FSBD 6.1 stable system. The
> > following error message keeps appearing on screen at what appears
> > random intervals. This one appeared as I booted up the system.
> >
> > Jun 24 11:41:14 seibercom procmail[749]: default rcfile is not an
> > absolute path for uid "1002"
> >
> > I am not sure what it means or how to correct it. Everything appears
> > to be working correctly.
> How are you invoking procmail?  I'd be surprised if you didn't find
> that this message comes up whenever procmail tries to process a
> message for the user with uid 1002.  Is the procmailrc specified by
> hand for that user, perhaps from a .forward file?

I found the problem. The path to the use did not start with a '/'. I
checked the password file and discovered it. That simple error had gone
unnoticed for three months until I installed Procmail.

Gerard Seibert
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