I changed the /etc/apt/sources.list entries from etch to lenny and ran
apt-get update followed by apt-get dist-upgrade. All went well but I
did not accept the new exim4 configuration as in the past I had to edit
the configuration. As a result exim4 was left in a broken state that
could neither be fixed nor removed. As instructed, I read
/usr/share/doc/exim4-config/NEWS.Debian.gz and tried to follow the
instructions without success (my fault, I just could find proper file
and make the change as instructed). Finally, I found example.conf.gz in
/usr/share/doc/exim4/examples, unzipped it and copied it to
/etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template. With this change apt-get -f install
completed the installation of exim4.
With exim4 installed fetchmail fetched 200+ postings from several users
lists and put them somewhere but mutt couldn't find them. As root I ran
runq but mutt still found nothing.
I know most of this setup works because I sent an email to myself and
then ran strace -e open,write fetchmail. I was able to read the email I
sent to myself in the output.
Also mutt still displays older messages which I have not erased.
For the present I am reading my emails with iceape but I preferred the
I would appreciate any help in restoring the mutt output of the email
that fetchmail fetches.