root account no longer receiving mail

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Sun Jul 6 23:47:15 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 15:49 +0100, Maccy wrote:
> My Fedora 6 system is no longer sending mail to root and I can't for the 
> life of me work out why.
> The aliases file hasn't changed recently and root is set up to point to 
> my user account in the relevant lower section.
> /var/spool/mail/root is owned by root:root but hasn't been added to 
> since late May.

A few things I can think of to check:
/var being too full
SELinux permissions/contexts
name resolution (sendmail itself having trouble mailing)
networking issues (sendmail not being able to listen for mail)

I had the last one with Network Manager not getting my network working
before sendmail started up, on Fedora 9, so I wasn't getting the system
mails.  My solution, there, was to stop using Network Manager.

On Fedora 7, I hadn't noticed a sendmail problem, but other services
weren't working right with Network Manager.  My solution, there, was to
re-arrange the order of some init scripts (in /etc/rc5.d/) to make
Network Manager start sooner, some things start later, and to put some
service restart scripts into the Network Manager Dispatcher

(This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, all using Gnome
 in case that's important to the thread.)

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