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Re: Mail forwarding possible when mailbox_size_limit is reached?

From: Wietse Venema <wietse_at_nospam>
Date: Sat Oct 23 2010 - 12:02:08 GMT
To: Axel Freyn <>

Axel Freyn:
> Hi,
> We are using both mail forwarding (with an alias_database and
> $HOME/.forward - files), and a mailbox_size_limit for the user
> mailboxes. The local delivery is done by postfix/local.
> The problem now is: If the mailbox is full, also the forwarding does not work
> anymore -- postfix/local generates a SOFTBOUNCE before trying to forward the
> mail:
> postfix/smtpd[12341]: A9B8515C6F8: client=localhost.localdomain[]
> postfix/cleanup[12335]: A9B8515C6F8: message-id=<>
> postfix/qmgr[5039]: A9B8515C6F8: from=<>, size=855, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
> postfix/local[12342]: A9B8515C6F8: to=<>, relay=local, delay=1, delays=0/0.01/0/1, dsn=4.2.0, status=SOFTBOUNCE (can't create user output file. Command output: procmail: Error while writing to "/var/mail/abf" )

I see no Postfix errors here.

PROCMAIL updates the mailbox (and fails because of the limit) before
PROCMAIL forwards the message.