FreeBsd e-mail question

Derek Ragona derek at
Wed Oct 3 15:14:58 PDT 2007

At 03:30 PM 10/3/2007, Lisa Casey wrote:
>I'm running Sendmail and Qpopper on FreeBsd. (And perhaps I ought to be 
>asking  this on the Qpopper list, but hopefully someone here knows an 
>answer). We have all of our mailboxes in mbox format in /var/mail. When a 
>customer pops his mail for the first time it creates a file .username.pop 
>in /var/mail which never goes away, it remains as a zero byte file. It's 
>quite useful as we can tell from the timestamp on it when the customer 
>last popped his mail.
>The problem comes in when a customer cancels his account. We remove users 
>by rmuser username. That command removes the user from the password file, 
>removes his home directory and removes the mailspool. What it doesn't do 
>is to remove the .username.pop file associated with that mailbox. This 
>isn't a problem unless we add another account with the same username. The 
>new account cannot pop his mail because he gets the following  error messge:
>-ERR [SYS/PERM] Temporary drop /var/mail/.jjvc.pop not owned by jjvc.
>If I take a look at /var/mail/.jjvc.pop it isn't owned by anyone, the 
>ownership of the file is the group number of the original jjvc.
>-rw-rw----   1 1473             mail                     0 Sep 11 19:15 
>Is there anyway to have rmuser remover the mail drop file associated with 
>that account also, or am I just going to have to remove these manually?
>Lisa Casey


rmuser only removes the system dependent files that adduser creates.  You 
would need to creat your own shell script to remove the qpopper file and to 
call rmuser.

Remember the basic utilities are meant to manage the core services, not 
add-on ports.


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