Re: SOLVED, maybe: mail no longer vanishes, but new problems abound.
My mail no longer vanished overnight.
The big clue to the problem came when someone changed my root password.
So you were rooted, as some supposed.
As soon as I noticed this, I took my machine offline and began a
reinstall from scratch.
[and had some problems, which I can't resolve because of being offline]
I presume that this is because you don't know at what point you
were rooted, so you don't know how far back in your backups you
need to go.
I wouldn't start from there. I'd first make a backup of my system
as it is, before doing anything. (Yes, leave the cable unplugged
from your WAN connection.)
Seemingly, you do not need this machine as a server for others.
In that case, I'd install a firewall (like a router) which
stealthed my IP ports (except for the e-mail challenge one,
which I'd keep closed), and then re-connect after stealthing.
Failing the ability to do that, where do you live? I might be
willing to pull stuff from the net and burn CDs for you, if
you need it. But be aware that the snail mail in the USA
(where I happen to live) is slow right now, due to the
"christmas glut" of mail.
This message made from 100% recycled bits.
You have found the bank of Larn.
I can explain it for you, but I can't understand it for you.
I speak only for myself, and I am unanimous in that!