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Saturday December 18, 2004
10:35 AM

How I lost my mail with fetchmail...

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Really, lost. It must be somewhere, but I just don't know where! :-|

I simply used fetchmail to fetch it, just as I'd do from any other machine. This time, however, the mail didn't end up in /var/mail/zbr or /var/spool/mail/zbr , as usual... and I have no idea where it might be...

And the worst thing of it all is that I don't even know if there was anything important in all that mail :-(

Any ideas, anyone? It's a Slackware machine, btw.

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  • Check and see if sendmail had trouble with the local delivery. (Or the equivalent for whichever MTA fetchmail is feeding.)
  • Also check your fetchmail log (hopefully you've configured it to keep one of those…)
  • As well, consider replacing fetchmail+procmail(+spamassassin?) by some homegrown Mail::POP3Client []+Email::Filter []+Email::LocalDelivery [](+Mail::SpamAssassin []?) combo. The traditional combo requires one process per mail and plus a fixed overhead of several other processes per fetch, so it bogs down quite a bit when polling a heavily populated mailbox.

    Besides that, locking works nicer, the syntax is non-arcane, etc etc etc. :-)