Bug 53578 - /bin/mail cannot handle nfs mounted /var/spool/mail
Summary: /bin/mail cannot handle nfs mounted /var/spool/mail
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mailx   
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Ivana Varekova
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Reported: 2001-09-12 08:42 UTC by Anvil
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-11-09 10:40:16 UTC
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Description Anvil 2001-09-12 08:42:35 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.77 [fr] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.2-2 i686)

Description of problem:
/bin/mail complains about "unavailable lock" (see below)

[root@enclume ~]# mail
Mail version 8.1 6/6/93.  Type ? for help.
"/var/spool/mail/root": 2 messages 2 new
>N  1 achilles108@hotmail.  Sun Sep  9 01:32  51/1867  "We Run Background
 N  2 dnade@activia.net     Wed Sep 12 09:56  16/573   "tototo test"
& d2
& q
Unable to lock mailbox: No locks available
[root@enclume ~]# df /var/spool/mail
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
gaia:/var/spool/mail  2.0G  936M  985M  49% /var/spool/mail

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. mount mbox:/var/spool/mail /var/spool/mail (rw,norootsquash)
2. assume you have mail in /var/spool/mail/$USER do "mail"
3. try to delete/read some mail and quit with "q"

Actual Results:  /bin/mail tells : "Unable to lock mailbox: No locks
and no mail have been deleted and the /var/spool/mail is still the same.

Expected Results:  mails should be deleted or marked as read (etc..)

Additional info:

I got some zoot(rhl6.2) boxes on my lan. They also mount the same
/var/spool/mail and they have no problem at all.
I copied the /bin/mail from the zoot-box to the seawolf-box and see :

[dnade@enclume ~]# ./mail
Mail version 8.1 6/6/93.  Type ? for help.
"/var/spool/mail/dnade": 3 messages 3 unread
>U  1 root@enclume.local    Wed Sep 12 10:04  42/1830  "pwet test"
 U  2 aubin.galinotti@acti  Wed Sep 12 10:04  34/1420  "partition image"
 U  3 derek@its.uq.edu.au   Wed Sep 12 10:04 123/5122  "Re: kill specific
& d1
& q
Held 2 messages in /var/spool/mail/dnade

There is no more problem !... 
It seems that the inc command (from nmh package) have the same problem.

Comment 1 Ivana Varekova 2004-11-09 10:39:27 UTC
Thank your for your notice.
Works for mail-8.1.1-37.

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