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If the root user's email and '/var/spool/mail/root' "root" entry is gone.. how do I re-create it?

Posted on 2009-07-02
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Last Modified: 2013-12-18
RHEL5.  Somehow my root email account got removed.  How do I "re-enable" root's email?  
Question by:Sp0cky
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Expert Comment

ID: 24765895
/var/spool/mail/root will be created automatically when new emails are received.

Are you receiving bounce messages when sending to root?

You shouldn't need to re-enable it, unless you've deleted root entirely, which is doubtful.


Author Comment

ID: 24765943
I tried that but no luck..
[root@101 mail]# mail root
Subject: Test
[root@101 mail]# mail
No mail for root
[root@101 mail]#

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Author Comment

ID: 24765962
I also tried for "bob."  Although Bob has an entry, in var..He gets no email:

[root@101 mail]# mail bob
Subject: test2
[root@101 mail]# su bob
[bob@101 mail]$ mail
No mail for bob
[bob@101 mail]$

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Sp0cky earned 0 total points
ID: 24765997
I just figured it out lol.  A svc called "sendmail" was off.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24766414
would have been my next question...
good you found it.

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