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Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 15:24:23 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Failed or refused to load /var/spool/mail/xxxx

On Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 07:42:26PM -0300, Tiago Cruz wrote:
> I'm using the popa3d-1.0.2-1mdv2007.0 package, the server is UP and
> listen on 110/tcp port, the postfix it's working and delivering
> messages on /var/spool/mail/user as well.
> Jul 18 00:17:36 orochimaru popa3d[12995]: Failed or refused to load
> /var/spool/mail/tiagocruz

This can be caused by several things, listed here in arbitrary order:

1. The mbox file is corrupt (e.g., doesn't start with "From ").

2. The mbox file is too large (exceeds popa3d's compile-time safety
limits; I don't know what they are for the Mandriva package).

Try emptying the file with "> /var/spool/mail/tiagocruz" in the shell.

3. File permissions are wrong on the mbox file itself or/and on one or
more of the parent directories.

Are you able to access the file when logged in as user tiagocruz?

4. Something is broken in the system software or hardware.  There are
too many possibilities here, but they are relatively unlikely.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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