[Pkg-exim4-users] /var/spool/exim4/input/... Permission denied

Ross Boylan ross at biostat.ucsf.edu
Tue Apr 18 05:25:48 UTC 2006

On Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 09:16:02AM +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:
> On 2006-04-17 Ross Boylan <ross at biostat.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> > When I try to send an email I get back the error
> > 2006-04-16 02:54:59 1FV3y7-0002Nr-PM Failed to create spool file
> > /var/spool/exim4/input//1FV3y7-0002Nr-PM-D: Permission denied.
> > (that's not a cut and paste, so might have goofs.  The // is in the
> > original).
> > This is on a newly created Debian testing system that I'm trying to
> > get working.  I'm seeing the errors from mutt ("output of the delivery
> > process"); there doesn't seem to be anything in the exim logs.
> > Any ideas what is going on?
> [...]
> Hmm. Disk full, no more inodes (df -i), lost SUID bit on the binary?
> How do the permissions of
> /var/, /var/spool/, /var/spool/exim4/ and /var/spool/exim4/input look
> like?
>               cu andreas
Those checks appear below, but first, the most suspicious thing:
corn:~# reiserfsck /var
reiserfsck 3.6.19 (2003 www.namesys.com)

** If you are using the latest reiserfsprogs and  it fails **
** please  email bug reports to reiserfs-list at namesys.com, **
** providing  as  much  information  as  possible --  your **
** hardware,  kernel,  patches,  settings,  all reiserfsck **
** messages  (including version),  the reiserfsck logfile, **
** check  the  syslog file  for  any  related information. **
** If you would like advice on using this program, support **
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Will read-only check consistency of the filesystem on /var
Will put log info to 'stdout'

Do you want to run this program?[N/Yes] (note need to type Yes if you do):Yes
bread: Cannot read the block (2): (Is a directory).
reiserfs_open: bread failed reading block 2
bread: Cannot read the block (16): (Is a directory).
reiserfs_open: bread failed reading block 16

reiserfs_open: the reiserfs superblock cannot be found on /var.
Failed to open the filesystem.

If the partition table has not been changed, and the partition is
valid  and  it really  contains  a reiserfs  partition,  then the
superblock  is corrupted and you need to run this utility with


The output from df -i looks screwy, but I seem to be able to copy
other files onto the partition.  It's got so much on it because I'm
using it for backup.

corn:~# df /var/spool/exim4/input
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/evms/Var         40958680  36864376   4094304  91% /var
corn:~# df -i !$
df -i /var/spool/exim4/input
Filesystem            Inodes   IUsed   IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/evms/Var              0       0       0    -  /var
corn:~# ls -l /usr/sbin/exim4
-rwsr-xr-x  1 root root 793248 2006-02-22 02:50 /usr/sbin/exim4
corn:~# ls -ld /var/spool/exim4/input
drwxr-x---  2 Debian-exim Debian-exim 48 2006-04-06 08:33 /var/spool/exim4/input
corn:~# ls -ld /var/spool/exim4/
drwxr-x---  5 Debian-exim Debian-exim 120 2006-02-14 06:10 /var/spool/exim4/
corn:~# ls -ld /var/spool/
drwxr-xr-x  6 root root 168 2006-02-14 14:11 /var/spool/
corn:~# ls -ld /var/
drwxr-xr-x  15 root root 344 2006-02-05 19:52 /var/
corn:~# ls -ld /
drwxr-xr-x  24 root root 696 2006-04-15 14:26 /

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