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Re: [opensuse] Re: How to get system mail delivered to user?
  • From: Per Jessen <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:11:35 +0200
  • Message-id: <k4e437$626$>
Bob Williams wrote:

On 02/10/12 07:03, Per Jessen wrote:
Malcolm wrote:

On Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:07:15 +0100
Bob Williams <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

On 01/10/12 20:49, Malcolm wrote:
On Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:21:10 +0100
Bob Williams
<linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Once upon a time, in the days of oS 12.1 and earlier, I used to
get system mail delivered to me. This seems to have stopped since
moving to 12.2, in spite of the fact that my user has the
'Receive System Mail' option checked in YaST > Security and Users
User and Group Management.

:~> mail
No mail for bob
:~> su -
:~# mail
Heirloom mailx version 12.5 7/5/10. Type ? for help.
"/var/spool/mail/root": 17 messages 17 new

Is there anything else I need to do? Add myself to :wheel?

Edit the file /etc/postfix/aliases there is a section called
add your user name, probably needs un-rem as well ;) save/quit
then run newaliases command.


Many thanks. Presumably YaST should have done that when I checked
the 'Receive System Mail' option?


Hi Bob
Hmmm it adds it to /etc/aliases by the looks.... which should also
work... (needs to change old habits)

User bob is now receiving system mail :)

Bob, check if /etc/aliases contains a line like this:

root bob, \root

It does

Also check the dates of /etc/aliases and /etc/aliases.db, the latter
should be newer.

It is

If those are all fine, we'll need to look at your mail log and see
what happens to a mail to root.

What are we looking for?

There are some lines preceding the changes suggested by Malcolm which
warn that /etc/aliases.db is older than /etc/aliases

Okay, that means that "newaliases" or "postmap /etc/aliases" wasn't run
when /etc/aliases was changed.

Let's check your /etc/postfix/ to make sure "alias_maps" does in
fact point to /etc/aliases. Just grep for alias_maps.

Per Jessen, Zürich (11.9°C)

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