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Re: lynx-dev A question on Lynx : Metamail?

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev A question on Lynx : Metamail?
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 02:45:27 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 5 Jan 2000, Marc St-Jacques wrote:

> I don't know if this is the right adress to ask this but I didn't see any
> specific e-mail adress for support.

You could have tried Mandrake...  anyway.

> Here I go:
> When I invoke lynx at the prompt, it answers:
> metamail: Can't open temporary file! 

The message is misleading (and has since been changed).

> I'm using Lynx Version 2.8.2pre.5.  It came in an RPM version with Mandrake
> Linux.

Mandrake have configured their Lynx package so that, by default, it wants
to create temporary files in ~/tmp instead of /tmp (where ~ stands for
your HOME direwctory as usual).  That's not a bad idea; it's just bad they
didn't tell anybody about it.  (At least, apparently, not you. :) )

Create a directory tmp under your HOME directory and lynx will work.

Or set a TMPDIR or LYNX_TEMP_SPACE environment variable.

Or get a newer package version from Mandrake, they have one that reverts
to the old behavior AFAIK.  It fixes some other problems.

Or better yet compile the code from
yourself, report bugs to this list.


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