upgrade? broke exim4
I hadn't rebooted since dist-upgrade last January then something
caused a lockup, no video, no keyboard such that I did a hard power off.
That was 2 days ago and since I've rebooted exim4 can't connect to
127.0.0.1:25 hence fetchmail can't transfer inbound mail.
I've not found any solution on Google that works for me. Exim and
fetchmail has worked for me for years, since Potato I believe, Debian 2
When I run '/etc/init.d/exim4 restart' exim4 writes to
socket bind() to port 25 for address ::1 failed: Cannot assign
requested address: waiting 30s before trying again (9 more tries)
and finally: daemon abandoned
When I try to fetch mail
mike@/deb73:~> /usr/bin/fetchmail -v -i '';
1 message for mdmcclain at pop3.nethere.net (4211 octets).
fetchmail: POP3> LIST 1
fetchmail: POP3< +OK 1 4211
fetchmail: POP3> TOP 1 99999999
fetchmail: POP3< +OK headers follow.
reading message firstname.lastname@example.org:1 of 1 (4211 octets)
Trying to connect to 127.0.0.1/25...connected.
fetchmail: smtp listener protocol error
Trying to connect to 127.0.0.1/25...connection failed.
fetchmail: connection to localhost:smtp [127.0.0.1/25] failed:
fetchmail: Connection errors for this poll:
name 0: connection to localhost:smtp [127.0.0.1/25] failed:
fetchmail: SMTP connect to localhost failed
fetchmail: POP3> QUIT
fetchmail: POP3< This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
fetchmail: SMTP transaction error while fetching from
and delivering to SMTP host localhost
fetchmail: 6.3.21 querying pop3.nethere.net (protocol POP3) at
Mon Jun 2 12:39:46 2014:
fetchmail: Query status=10 (SMTP)
this stopped exim4 again
I don't see anything suspicious in /etc/ exim4 or fetchmail configs
so rebooted into older kernel and to see if problems went away, no joy.
In one of the messages I read online someone's problems went away with an
upgrade, so I did an update, upgrade, still no joy.
I'll readily admit most of what I've tried is flailing. I don't even know
what a port is that exim4 can't connect to, though I suspect it's software since
the hardware allows me to connect to the internet.
I'm on dialup if that matters.
One of the messages online suggested running,
'while true; do netstat -tlpn | grep :25 ; sleep 10 ; done'.
This shows nothing unless done right after restarting exim4 which dies after about
I'm open to suggestions as I don't know where to go from here, but please keep
the suggestions focused on what the problem with exim4 is. It's way too early to
change MTAs which will have a whole other batch of problems.
"So the universe is not quite as you thought it was.
You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then.
Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe."
- Nightfall by Asimov/Silverberg