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Re: Root mail account is dying



A. Rick Anderson wrote:
Whenever I attempt to access mail from root, it pauses, then dies with the following error message.

Mail version 8.1 6/6/93. Type ? for help.
"/var/spool/mail/root": 47 messages 47 new
>N 1 root Anar galarik or Wed May 18 08:13 29/1103 "SMART error (OfflineUncorrectableSector) detected on host: Anar"
N 2 root Anar galarik or Wed May 18 08:13 29/1106 "SMART error (CurrentPendingSector) detected on host: Anar"
N 3 root Anar galarik or Thu May 19 02:03 26/989 "Cron <root Anar> /usr/bin/yum -y upgrade"
...
fseek: Invalid argument
panic: temporary file seek
Aborted
You have mail in /var/spool/mail/root


I am not worried about the particular messages being shown; I understand what is going on there (I get SMART messages whenever I reboot the machine). My concern is that I can't get into root's mail.

Perhaps /var/spool/mail/root lives on one of the bad disk blocks that SMART is complaining about?


Can you copy /var/spool/mail/root to another file and then open it with "Mail -f filename"?

Paul.


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