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lynx-dev Re: off topic: metamail

From: Michael Warner
Subject: lynx-dev Re: off topic: metamail
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 21:43:38 -0800
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On or about 15 Feb, 2000, Mike Karlesky
<address@hidden> wrote:

> I am terribly sorry to bother you real lynx developers, but I
> have a somewhat involved user issue with lynx that I just can't
> seem to resolve.  I was hoping someone could spare a moment...

You're in the right place -- this is a combined user/developer
list.  I don't write any code either.


> When 'nobody' executes my scripts on this machine and I trap
> the std_err messages, I get the following:
> "metamail: Can't open temporary file!"

It seems some linux distributions set the default temp file
location to "~/tmp".  When this directory doesn't exist, lynx
dies.  This can be remedied by setting an environmental variable
"LYNX_TEMP_SPACE" and pointing it to "/tmp" or other location of
your choice (as long as it exists and has suitable permissions).

As I recall (but not too reliably) the "metamail" reference is
basically an historical artifact, and metamail isn't actually


> The machine I have to run the scripts on runs linux (Red Hat release 6.0
> Kernel 2.2.5-22) and is running lynx 2.8.1rel.2 (1998).

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Michael Warner

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