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Thread: System Mail - Cron Job - Updates & Alpine problem

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    Default Re: System Mail - Cron Job - Updates & Alpine problem

    System mail stopped altogether but i have restored previous settings and system mail is being sent again to the location

    /var/spool/mail/*UserName*
    Is that *UserName* identical to the user starting pine? Then the messages should appear in INBOX.
    Technology is 'stuff that doesn't work yet.' -- Bran Ferren

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    Hi,

    Its not, previous mail read by Alpine is in the location

    /home/*UserName*/Maildir

    I have no idea how to go about configuring Alpine to change it to read mail in

    /var/spool/mail/*UserName*

    and i have no idea why things changed, i suspect a recent update changed things, but i'm just guessing.

    How do i go about looking at system updates and when they occured?

    Mark

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    Default Re: System Mail - Cron Job - Updates & Alpine problem

    Rather than looking for when the update happened (and then what, will you install an older version?), why not go forward and configure either alpine or postfix to match each other? Alpine's maildrop is configured under Inbox path. From the initial screen you can enter Setup.

    But to answer your question, rpm -qa --last gives a reverse time-sorted list of packages installed.

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    I thought was that if i new which application caused the problem then i could contentrate my efforts on that application to put right whats gone wrong in some way.

    Tried to configure Alpine but failed, it asks me for a server.

    No idea what to enter, if i enter /var/spool/mail/*UserName* it fails.

    an additional option appears to be to select Mail Drop, no idea what this is either.

    I'm very grate full for all the help i'm getting, i am, but telling me what to do without telling how to do it isn't that helpful as much as i am thankful for all your help.

    I haven't got a clue what i'm doing or how to get things done, the more i fumble around trying the deeper the hole i get myself into.

    I am making notes so i can undo things, but i'm just getting lost with it all.

    I am grate full but telling me what to do without some guidance as to how to do it isn't too helpful even after googling it.

    So many Linux distro's with different ways of doing things.

    Mark

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    Default Re: System Mail - Cron Job - Updates & Alpine problem

    The command rpm -qa --last tells me that the last set of updates were installed on the 3rd Feb which is incorrect because i've installed several updates since then.

    The box hasn't been rebooted for weeks though if this makes a difference to the results from the command offered.

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    Default Re: System Mail - Cron Job - Updates & Alpine problem

    rpm -qa --last shows you the last install time of all packages, not just updates, FYI. Make sure you are running it on the right machine.

    The reason I can't be of more assistance is that there are a thousand and one ways to arrange email and I don't know how your machine is configured. I've configured mine to my liking, but it's highly unlikely to look like yours. FYI, I have the whole disaster:

    postfix + procmail + dovecot + thunderbird + alpine as well as postfix directives to forward to gmail for gmail.com sender addresses and my ISP for all else.

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    Default Re: System Mail - Cron Job - Updates & Alpine problem

    I only have the one Linux box running 64bit SuSE 11.2.

    I know that i have installed several updates since the 3rd feb, 4 items were installed only yesterday. Checked my system time and that's correct

    All mailing application settings and configs are as they were installed by default on install of the OS unless they have been altered by an update since.

    I haven't knowingly made any alterations to postfix, Alpine or any other system setting whatsoever that could of changed any of these mailing settings until i realized i had a problem.

    Having made changes that failed to resolve my problem i then returned these changes back to there original settings / values.

    All i want to do is occasionally use alpine to see if i have any mail generated by the system that requires attention.

    The system is generating mail that's being sent to /var/spool/mail/*UserName* but it's no longer being made available for me to read via alpine anymore.

    I've googled how to change alpines mailbox location / path on the file system and failed to find an answer that has worked.

    Mark

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