From: Wietse Venema (no email)
Date: Thu Oct 17 2002 - 14:13:46 EDT
> open directory deferred/C/E permission denied
> my working postfix system, under Mandrake 8, with virtual hosts and
> virtual forwarding to my wife and I stopped about a week after our
> programmer went back to Chicago. When I tried postfix stop from root it
> worked. The above message came on when I tried postfix start from root.
> HELP! our mail is not being forwarded, but I checked mail and the last
> 90 or so are there!
> Thanks Mr. Venema for Postfix.
Subject: Re: will not forward virtual mail -Help Major
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 13:08:21 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <20021017170821 dot F1DD1BC071 at spike dot porcupine dot org>
From: (Wietse Venema)
> Today I did a postfix stop, and then a postfix start. I got the message:
> postsuper: fatal: scan_dir_push: open directory deferred/C/E:permission
> denied. As root.
> What am I doing wrong?
Congratulations, someone messed up the ownership and permissions
of the Postfix files and directories. You will probably have 10
million error messages in the maillog file, too.
If you run Postfix version 1.1, then you can try the following:
sh /etc/postfix/post-install set-permissions
This will restore ownership and permissions of Postfix files.
This will not restore ownership and permissions of any other files
and directories that may be needed to either deliver or access
If you run an older Postfix version, then you will have to invoke
someone who is willing to spend a couple hours fixing your machine.
I do not have that time.
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