Re: Balsa won't lock my /var/spool/mail/user file

>From README (for the second time this week...)

Mailbox locking:
	Balsa uses flock+dotfile for mailbox file locking. It does not
use fcntl (although it can be enabled) since this locking method is
very fragile and often not portable (see for example

Make sure that your spool directory has drwxrwxrwt (01777) access
privileges. Presently, dotfile locking requires this unconditionally
In the future, we may relax this requirement and will allow you to
shoot yourself in your leg.

On 2000-12-13 10:01:21 +0000 wrote:
> I have installed Balsa 1.0, and set it up to look straight at my ISP's
> mailserver as well as my local mail file (/vcar/spool/mail/user), but
> when it
> tries to check for new mail it gives me an error like:
>      can't lock mailbox /var/spool/mail/user
> has anyone got a workaround for this?
> thanks,
> andy.
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Ian Campbell
Churchill College, Cambridge.

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