I got the Message:

You have new mail in /var/mail/root

Can I delete this file without any problems?

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    I wouldn't delete anything that contains "root". Mar 19, 2018 at 23:53

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Not necessarily a good idea. /var/mail/root contains email messages that some process on your system tried to bring to the attention of root, the system administrator. Read the messages.

If you delete /var/mail/root, you will lose all these messages, and /var/mail/root will be created anew the next time there's a message.

  • This is an Ubuntu on an own Root-Server. I found some errors in that file, but don't they come again if i delete that file. And i have seen, that errors come every 30 min.
    – MonTea
    Mar 19, 2018 at 22:44

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