Just a little feedback on this. Dont know if this happens to your or not,
but on my system, it would always tell me I have new mail when I log on,
even though I didn't because the access time on /var/spool/mail/chris was
the same as the modification time.
I changed the line in my .procmailrc to this:
TRAP='test -s $ORGMAIL && touch -m $ORGMAIL || echo >> $ORGMAIL'
Then I added this line to my .bash_profile to update the access time only:
touch -a /var/spool/mail/chris
Now fingerd and bash reports new mail when I have new mail, but the access
time on my spoolfile gets updated so bash dosen't think I have new mail all
the time when in fact I dont.
I think thats what I'm trying to say. Anyway, it works like I want it to :)
On Wed, Jun 13, 2001 at 03:15:08PM -0500, "David W. Tamkin"
I'm wondering if this will do it (assuming $SHELL is set to /bin/sh or some-
thing compatible); it seems to work here:
# apostrophes, not backticks
TRAP='test -s $ORGMAIL && touch $ORGMAIL || echo >> $ORGMAIL'
In other words, if the spool is non-empty, update its modification time;
if the spool is empty (of if the touch command didn't work), append a
newline to it. That will make sure that whenever you receive mail your spool
file is non-empty (just a newline in it, not any mail) and freshly marked as
If your fingerd reports unread mail if the spool is empty but freshly
touched, you can do this:
TRAP='touch $ORGMAIL' # setting of $SHELL won't matter
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