Mysterious breakage of my fetchmail
I would normally report this at firstname.lastname@example.org but I
can't figure out what package to report it against. I recently
upgraded a *lot* of packages through dpkg-ftp. I'm following unstable
at the moment. There were a couple of minor bobbles on reboot:
* It didn't mount /proc before loading modules, so it kept
complaining about /proc/modules being missing. I fixed this manually
by adding `mount /proc' early in /etc/init.d/boot. (What package's
fault is this? /etc/init.d/boot belongs to sysvinit.)
* It complained about not being able to create diald.fifo in
/var/run/diald, and it turned out that that directory didn't actually
exist, so I created it. I suppose I should report this against diald.
But here is the mysterious part: Now fetchmail no longer
works. When I just type `fetchmail', I get something like this:
fetchmail: 98 messages at email@example.com.
reading message 1 (2083 bytes) .
fetchmail: SMTP connect to localhost failed: Unknown error -1
fetchmail: SMTP transaction error while fetching from pilot.msu.edu:
Unknown error -1
On the other hand, this does work, presumably because it's not trying
to `connect to localhost' but simply to run the local program smail
(note that smail presents a sendmail-compatible /usr/sbin/sendmail):
blp:~$ fetchmail -k -m "/usr/sbin/sendmail -oem %s"
On top of all this, I can't remember that smail was on the list of
packages upgraded. Can anyone offer me some tips?
Ben Pfaff <firstname.lastname@example.org> 12167 Airport Rd, DeWitt MI 48820, USA
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