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Re: fetchmail, when does one loose email?



On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 11:10:40 -0600
Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> wrote:

> On Tue, 2003-11-11 at 10:15, Jacob S. wrote:
> > On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:36:30 -0500
> > ScruLoose <scruloose+debuser@eastlink.ca> wrote:
> > 
> > > On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 02:40:37PM +0100, David Jardine wrote:

> > > I don't know if that's _entirely_ true.  I think that fetchmail
> > > waits for one of the "okay I handled that successfully" SMTP codes
> > > from the MTA before it deletes the message off the POP server.  If
> > > it gets a failure code from the MTA it will _not_ delete the mail.
> > > 
> > > So really, the only way you're likely to lose your mail with
> > > fetchmail is if your MTA is so misconfigured that it'll lose mail
> > > and still report a success.
> > 
> > I believe ScruLoose is right. I recently changed the configuration
> > on my mailserver and started getting reports from friends about
> > e-mails bouncing - with my new configuration, I needed to tell
> > fetchmail to deliver to username@mydomain.net, instead of simply
> > "username". So, they were seeing bounce messages saying there was no
> > such user on my server.
> 
> Do you use your ISP's smtp server, or your own smtp server?

Actually, you bring up a good point. The bounces were from my own smtp
server. And as I think about it more - the mail was lost in that I never
received it, but not in the sense that the people trying to send me mail
knew that I wasn't getting it.

Jacob

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