Mail Server (progress)

Bruce Marshall bmarsh at
Thu Oct 25 00:38:16 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 24 October 2007, David McGlone wrote:
> On Wednesday 24 October 2007 5:23:30 pm Jordi Ferrando Fabra wrote:
> Ok I have installed everything to run a mail server.
> so far I am trying to configure fetchmail, so far I'm not getting any luck
> whenever there is mail in my inbox on AT&T.
> I am using webmin to configure fetchmail, well if there is no mail in my
> AT&T account, fetchmail finishes fine, but if there is mail it tells me how
> many messages are there but never downloads them and I get an error that
> says:
> fetchmail: getaddrinfo("localhost", "smtp") error: Name or service not
> known
> fetchmail: smtp connect to localhost failed.
> fetchmail: SMTP transaction error while fetching from
> d.mcglone at and delivering to SMTP host localhost.
> fetchmail: querying (protocol POP3) at wed 24 Oct.......
> : poll completed.
> fetchmail: Query status=10(smtp)
> fetchmail: normal termination, status 10.
> A big question I have, what does fetching mail got to do with smtp? I'm
> trying to fetch my mail not send it.
> --
> David M.

feetchmail has to hand off the mail it fetches to someone.....    I use 
procmail...  but I think it will hand off to your mailer (postfix or 
sendmail) if you don't specify how to process your mail.

Here is my fetchmailrc that I always hand edit.

I run fetchmail as root on my mailserver....  (they suggest not to but what 
the heck)
#no rewrite

set daemon 300
set logfile /var/log/fetchmail
proto pop3

mda "/usr/bin/procmail -f %F -d %T "

poll pop.<my-isp>.com
user m40344-xxxxxcom    pass <pswd>
user m4044-bmarshxxxx      pass <pswd>
user m404-bmarshyyyy    pass <pswd>
user m444-katrinazzzzzz  pass <pswd>

Of course, passwords and userids have been changed.

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