[Pkg-exim4-users] Local delivery to accounts without home directories

Sebastian Tennant sebyte at smolny.plus.com
Wed Jan 28 21:57:01 UTC 2009

Quoth Maarten Bezemer <mcbexim at robuust.nl>:
> On Wed, 28 Jan 2009, Robert Steinmetz AIA wrote:
>> Sebastian Tennant wrote:
>>> Quoth "Neil S. Briscoe" <neil.briscoe at censornet.com>:
>>>> If the user doesn't have a home directory, you have to give the poor 
>>>> mail system some clue as to where it should deliver things.
>>>> Where did you have in mind?
>>> The usual location, i.e., the mbox file in the spool directory;
>>> /var/mail/<user> on a stock Debian box. 
>> There is a configuration option to deliver all mail to
>> /var/spool/<user> if that is what you want.  I understood you wanted
>> a conditional delivery, to use /var/spool only if there is no user
>> home directory.  I don't know how to accomplish that.
> Normally I think delivery is deferred if exim cannot check the user's home 
> directory for .forward file or procmail rc file.

... which is why I commented out the userforward router, but it has made
no difference.

> IIRC there is a home_directory option you can set to try to fool this
> check. For example, use /home/fakehomedir for all your users.

Hmm... interesting.  I'll check this out.  Thanks a lot.

> But in fact, if your users have any need for configuration files, or
> even pop bulletin support or something like that, you're probably
> going to need a home directory for each user anyway.

My users aren't really human users :-) i.e., I'm not providing an email

> Or are you planning to use something like teapop or courier/cyrus (I 
> always forget which does what) with virtual pop boxes?

Virtual pop boxes yes, teapop/courier/cyrus no.  Actually, it's to
provide blog posting via email functionality for the WordPress blogs I'm
hosting.  (WordPress can be configured to check pop boxes and publish
the contents of whatever it finds).

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