smail paniclog suggestion
I'm not sure whether to report this as a bug
bora:~$ dpkg --status smail | egrep 'Package|Version|Revision|Maintainer'
Maintainer: Ian Jackson <email@example.com>
After recovering from a hardware failure while fetching mail from my pop3
server, I had a hard time to figure out that popclient probably did not
delete the failed message, I have no proof though.
When logging a serious error in paniclog, smail uses its internally generated
message id for identification, this id doesn't occur anywhere else, so it was
completely useless in this situation.
Including the orig-id - which is listed for successfully received messages in
logfile - would make it a lot easier to check whether mail has been lost.
I'm no smail guru and don't have enough time to look into the smail docs now.
As a workaround I'll setup procmail on my upstream account to log incoming
message ids, no need for cooperation from the postmaster.