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Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 22:14:27 +0800
From: Uwe Dippel <>
Subject: Re: Suddenly, won't authenticate

James R. Mirick wrote:

> Jul 12 16:44:55 linux2600 popa3d: popa3d startup succeeded
> Jul 12 16:47:44 linux2600 popa3d[3369]: Session from
> Jul 12 16:47:44 linux2600 popa3d[3369]: Authentication passed for jrm
> Jul 12 16:47:44 linux2600 popa3d[3369]: Failed or refused to load 
> /var/spool/mail/jrm
> This makes me think there's something corrupted in the mail files, but 
> the fact that it won't accept a password (for my account or any other) 
> makes me think its authentication.

Just take a look; they are plaintext !!

$ less /var/spool/mail/jrm

shows the content. You can travel up and down easily.

If you wanted, you could

$ mv /var/spool/mail/jrm /var/spool/mail/jrm_save


$ ls -l | mail -s "test and new mail" jrm

should create a new spooler file for jrm:

$ ls -l /var/spool/mail/jrm

should have been recreated. Try

$ less /var/spool/mail/jrm

again. If everything is fine, try once again with your client. If it 
works this time, the file is corrupted. Bad luck day. If it doesn't, it 
is authentication.

You can

$ mv /var/spool/mail/jrm_save /var/spool/mail/jrm

at any moment.

Beware, I haven't actually tried all of these in this sequence. But I 
have done all of these one day or another. The spooler directory is 
special, so you might have to do one or another as root; and / or chown 
a file here or there.

Good luck,


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