Re: unable to look up public/pickup: No such file or directory

From: Brian Genisio (no email)
Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 15:02:14 EDT


Here was my problem: the pickup value in was commented out. By
restarting postfix, all the mails
that were queued got sent out, and everything works well now.

I am not too concirned with how postfix works, since all I need is
something that a CGI app can send a mail through,
so this should do the trick for me.

Thanks to all,

On 26 Aug 2003 20:32:12 +0200, Simon J Mudd <> wrote:

> (Brian Genisio) writes:
>> Hmmm... Ok, so I think I have fixed that problem...
>> I ran mkfifo to create the pickup file. I am not sure if that will
>> correctly fix the problem or not, but I get no error when I send mail.
>> Instead, the mail gets put into the maildrop folder, and sits there
>> forever, never getting delivered.
>> I can run postqueue, and the mails are there.
>> How do I get the mails to send???
> I think you really ought to read the Postfix documentation if you want
> to make it work correctly.
> The pickup fifo should not be missing. If it is you didn't install
> Postfix correctly or your package didn't install Postfix correctly.
> Either way I'd be concerned.
> Try 'postfix check' to see if any other anomolies turn up.
> Have you started Postfix? 'postfix start' should do this and look at
> /var/log/maillog or equivalent to see if Postfix logs any errors or
> warnings.
> Simon

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