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When I 'exit' out of reading my mail, I get :  UX:mailx: ERROR: badwrite 1 /tmp/pdiRm18647: Permission denied , and the mail is not moved to the usr/mbox. How can I fix this?
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by:fim32
ID: 10837000
what unix?  do you own your mail file?  what are the permissions on /tmp?
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by:petro2
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Unixware 7
yes thisuser owns the mbox in /home/thisuser
/tmp is a filespace how to I see permission? When I do dfspace i can not see permissons
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by:petro2
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if i do a l the permissions on /tmp is drwxrwxrwxt
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by:Tintin
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To see permissions on /tmp, do

ls -ld /tmp

Should be

drwxrwxrwt
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by:petro2
ID: 10837792
yes it is
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by:jlevie
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It may also be that the file system that holds /tmp is out of space. A 'df -k' will show all mounted file systems and the utilization of each.
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by:Gns
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... Or could perhaps the filesystem be corrupt? fsck would be you freind then.

-- Glenn
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by:petro2
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/tmp ran out of space and unneeded file were deleted, that is when this issue started.
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by:jlevie
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I suspect that you deleted a bit more than you should have when you cleaned up /tmp. one of the things it holds is login & application session information for a user. If a user is logged or has applications running and you clean out /tmp strange failures will follow. The sure cure is simply to reboot the server, but usually you can have the affected user log out and then log back in.
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When you delete open file it stays taking space, you need to restart all processes holding unreferenced files open in /tmp.
lsof, fuser or fstat will show such files/processes(one may be available, or lsof downloaded)
next time add one of them to your cleanup scripts, or use find -atime +15 -mtime +15, this at least will skip growing logs in your /tmp
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by:ahoffmann
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assuming you used a programm named mail for "reading my mail", then plese post result of:
  ls -l `which mail`
NOTE: these are backticks ` not quotes '
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by:Gns
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Did you verify the fs consistency?
Hitting a hard limit has been known to ... induce ... fs errors:-).

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