I'm very new to this and am having problems, surprise surprise.
Last night after spending the weekend working on it I got my email working
on RedHat7.3 with a DSL connection to Sympatico (local ISP). I was
essentially doing the following:
- fetchmail (+sendmail) picks up mail
- procmail does some lovely filtering
- mutt (+vi) reads, replies and creates new messages
- postfix sends mail (I didn't have the balls to figure out how to make
sendmail work, a friend is using postfix on Mandrake so I installed it)
Everything was working wonderfully. I'd even gotten the relay working
through my ISP (which you won't figure out by searching google) and the
envelop correctly labelled (i.e. not user(_at_)localhost). I honestly felt like
I deserved a gold medal for getting it all working. (I've been using BSD
servers for years for web and email but this is the first time I've
actually had *nix as my desktop that I had to setup from scracth.)
Then I went to the movies and shut down my computer. When I rebooted I got
the classic errors as defined in:
Here are some hopefully useful things that I know about my system:
- Sendmail is running (I tried restarting it -- although it failed to
shutdown it did start up again).
- in my /etc/sysconfig file "DAEMON=yes" is the first line
- I can't telnet to localhost 25 because I can't telnet into my computer
(i.e. it fails with or without a port 25 defined)
- there is definitely a connection being made to the remote hosts with
fetchmail -- it know how many emails there are to be picked up, it runs
through them all, but it just isn't delivering them to my system. From the
fetchmail -v -v
fetchmail: 5.9.0 querying mailbox41.utcc.utoronto.ca (protocol POP3) at
Tue 08 Oct 2002 12:25:31 PM EDT
fetchmail: POP3< +OK POP3 bureau3.utcc.utoronto.ca v2000.70 server ready
fetchmail: POP3> USER ej.hogbin
fetchmail: POP3< +OK User name accepted, password please
fetchmail: POP3> PASS *
fetchmail: POP3< +OK Mailbox open, 15 messages
fetchmail: selecting or re-polling default folder
fetchmail: POP3> STAT
fetchmail: POP3< +OK 15 75897
15 messages for ej.hogbin at mailbox41.utcc.utoronto.ca (75897 octets).
fetchmail: POP3> LIST
fetchmail: POP3< +OK Mailbox scan listing follows
and regular output:
[emmajane(_at_)localhost emmajane]$ fetchmail
16 messages for ej.hogbin at mailbox41.utcc.utoronto.ca (81226 octets).
reading message 1 of 16 (1390 octets) .fetchmail: SMTP connect to
fetchmail: can't raise the listener; falling back to /usr/bin/procmail -d
%Tprocmail: Unknown user "ej.hogbin"
fetchmail: MDA returned nonzero status 17152
My .fetchmailrc file looks like this:
[emmajane(_at_)localhost emmajane]$ more .fetchmailrc
# Configuration created Tue Oct 8 01:14:46 2002 by fetchmailconf
set postmaster "emmajane"
set no spambounce
set properties ""
poll mailbox41.utcc.utoronto.ca with proto POP3
user 'ej.hogbin' there with password '*****' is 'ej.hogbin' here
This configuration file DID work last night before I rebooted. I know that
a friend of mine has had similar problems with RedHat and is now using
getmail. Unfortunately one of my email accounts doesn't like using POP
(won't pick up with fetchmail and POP as the protocol).
I realise this isn't a fetchmail problem, but I'm not entirely sure where
I'm supposed to ask this question. I hope that someone can help!
Emma Jane Hogbin