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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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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. :-)