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Re: MTA problem

Matthew Swift writes ("Re: MTA problem "):
> Popclient delivers locally the mail it downloads, unless you use the
> -o option, in which case it writes to a file.  What seems to happen is
> that when it tries to locally deliver, the lines with the dots
> terminate the mail (at least it does with sendmail).  

It does unless you use the `-oi' option, which almost all programs
that call sendmail should do.

> [...]
> The only way out is to use the -o option to popclient to write the
> POP server mail directly to file instead of delivering it locally.
> When writing to a file, the dots are no problem.

This is only a workaround - it has other serious problems: popclient
won't do any locking or anything on the mailbox, so that if cron (for
example) is also sending messages to you and they happen to coincide
you may lose mail.

> Obviously this shouldn't happen, but since it does, anyone who wants
> to use popclient to deliver mail locally should be aware of it.  Using
> the -o option is an OK option for my purposes.  But I'm concerned that
> it may not write with -o in a safe way and potentially cause lost mail
> when using -o <my local maildrop> and some other app is delivering
> mail to that maildrop.  This info ought to be in the man page to
> popclient; should I send a bug report?

This has already been reported - Bug#1775.


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