[PLUG] Solved: mail overwriting console

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Thu Sep 9 20:19:01 PDT 2004

   With apologies to Charlie, biff was the culprit. However, turning it off
on the console did nothing; it took turning it off in /etc/profile to stop
the overwriting.

   I am still getting a speaker beep on incoming mail (but the console is
left alone, at least). I hope that's equally easy to fix.

   I guess that biff was set to 'n' by default in Red Hat. I had not run pine
in my Slackware boxes, but would ssh to the Red Hat server and run pine on

   What a lesson!

Thanks, all,


Dr. Richard B. Shepard, President
Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc. (TM)

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