Good day

I'm using msmtp to send mails. I have different accounts that log to different logfiles. Unfortunately whenever it tries to log the following error appears:

send-mail: cannot log to /var/log/mail/[logfile].log: cannot open: Permission denied

I tried the following:

  • change owner/group of the file
  • tried 777 on the logfiles
  • edited the file as the user running the command (which worked)
  • disabled apparmor

Nothing has worked so far. I've run out of ideas... what am I doing wrong?

Thanks all for your help!

  • Classically you would set the location and name of the logfile in ~/.msmtprc, in a location that you have write access to and make sure the whole ~/.msmtprc file has the appropriate permission: chmod 600 ~/.msmtprc. Do you really need the log file away from $HOME?
    – andrew.46
    Feb 9, 2022 at 4:07
  • Thank you for your answer. Ideally I would like to have seperate logfiles because of the system we have set up with different clients. I know that the rights are ok, especially since I also tried 777.
    – silbro
    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:38

1 Answer 1


So the problem was still the apparmor. I didn't restart the server and so it didn't work as expected. I followed the instructions found here and excluded msmtp from apparmor. This solved the problem.


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