Mail Server (progress)

David McGlone d.mcglone at
Fri Oct 26 01:05:49 BST 2007

On Thursday 25 October 2007 7:08:47 pm Derek Broughton wrote:
> David McGlone wrote:

> > Ok so far, I *think* I have fetchmail working, it seems to be retrieving
> > my mail, but heck I can't find the mail anywhere. When I look in
> > /var/mail it says there are messages for dmcglone but when I try to read
> > them they disappear like Chris Angel :-)
> What precisely do you have in /var/mail?  Under no circumstances should you
> be using mbox files - there's simply no good reason to use them these days
> for anything but an archive.  Set up delivery to Maildir directories.  Then
> under /var/mail/dmcglone (or whatever) you should see "new", "cur"
> and "tmp" directories.  In the "new" one, there'll be one file per
> message - until you look at them in a mail program, when they'll get moved
> to "cur"

In /var/mail there is just one empty text file:dmcglone

How would you suggest creating a maildir mailbox?
> > Here is what I'm getting when I fetchmail:
> >
> > reading message d.mcglone at of 1
> > (1754 octets)
> > #*** not flushed
> Glad to see that :-)  The number of times I've modified my mail config
> without preventing the messages being deleted from the server...

I lost 7 by my own mistake of telling fetchmail to delete it. The default was 
to keep it on the server. I use webmin by the way, have you tried it?

> > after I checked mail, I looked in mailbox and indeed there was 1 message,
> How?

I wish I knew, but when I checked /var/mail it said there was mail for 
dmcglone when I clicked on it the mail disappeared.
> > when I chose to read it, viola it did an amazing disappear act and said
> > there was no mail in inbox.

David M.

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