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Bug 4465

Summary: mail -u doesn't find the correct mailbox file
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: fwx
Component: mailxAssignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Last Closed: 1999-08-10 19:00:39 UTC Type: ---
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Description fwx 1999-08-10 18:47:56 UTC
After an su root, I run "/bin/mail -u root" to check for
any mail that has arrived for root.  It doesn't find any,
and reports "No mail for root".  However, I can see that
there is mail in root's mailbox
file, /var/spool/mail/root.  Furthermore,
running "/bin/mail -f /var/spool/mail/root" allows me to
access it.  The problem here is that "mail -u user" is
(according to the man page) supposed to be eqivalent
to "mail -f /var/spool/mail/user".  It obviously is not
working correctly.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-10 19:00:59 UTC
Your USER environment variable is not changed when you do "su root".
Do "su - root" instead.