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DCL: Delete MAIL.MAI;2

The Question is:

I need to delete a file called mail.mai;2 and it says I can't do it
because of the file modes or protection or something... How can I
delete that file called mail.mai;2?  I already have mail.mai;1 and
it's causing problems...

The Answer is:


    This will tell you what protection the file has now.  To change this,
    use this command:


    This will give you as owner of the file read, write, execute and
    delete access.  You should then be able to delete the file.

    Note that the directory in which the file resides must also allow
    you write access (in order to update the directory as the file is

    Note also that MAIL may have written messages to MAIL.MAI;2, which
    you will lose if you delete the file.  To see if this is the case,
    first rename MAIL.MAI;2 to something else ($ RENAME MAIL.MAI;2 A.MAI).
    Then using MAIL, open the file and see what's in it:

    $ MAIL

    then you can use MAIL's MOVE command to move messages from A.MAI to
    your normal MAIL.MAI.  HELP MOVE in MAIL will show you how.