fetchmail or sendmail problems?

fetchmail or sendmail problems?

Post by Troy Dale » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00


I wrote a couple days ago concerning a fetchmail problem. Not it appears
that fetchmail will get the mail and send it to user Troy... But the
user Troy never gets the mail (using pine).  Heres the fetchmail.output:

fetchmail: 4.6.0 querying pop.ou.edu (protocol POP3) at Sun Dec  6
11:42:04 1998
fetchmail: POP3< +OK DPOP Version 1.19d.

fetchmail: POP3> USER dale6861
fetchmail: POP3< +OK dale6861 nice to hear from you - password required
fetchmail: POP3> PASS *
fetchmail: POP3< +OK dale6861 has 1 mail messages
fetchmail: selecting or re-polling default folder
fetchmail: POP3> STAT
fetchmail: POP3< +OK 1 826
fetchmail: POP3> LAST
fetchmail: POP3< +OK 0
fetchmail: POP3> LIST
fetchmail: POP3< +OK 1 (826)
fetchmail: POP3< 1 826 0
fetchmail: POP3< .
1 message for dale6861 at pop.ou.edu (826 bytes).
fetchmail: POP3> RETR 1
fetchmail: POP3< +OK 826 octets
reading message 1 of 1 (826 bytes)
fetchmail: SMTP< 220 Defiant.ou.edu ESMTP Sendmail 8.8.7/8.8.7; Sun, 6
Dec 1998 11:42:09 -0600
fetchmail: SMTP> EHLO localhost

pleased to meet you
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-EXPN
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-VERB
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-8BITMIME
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-SIZE
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-DSN
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-ONEX
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-ETRN
fetchmail: SMTP< 250-XUSR
fetchmail: SMTP< 250 HELP
fetchmail: forwarding to localhost

fetchmail: SMTP> DATA
fetchmail: SMTP< 354 Enter mail, end with "." on a line by itself
#**fetchmail: SMTP>. (EOM)
fetchmail: SMTP< 250 LAA00800 Message accepted for delivery
 not flushed
fetchmail: POP3> QUIT
fetchmail: POP3< +OK bye dale6861
fetchmail: saved UID List
fetchmail: SMTP> QUIT
fetchmail: SMTP< 221 Defiant.ou.edu closing connection
fetchmail: normal termination, status 0

And heres my .fetchmailrc (without password)

poll pop.ou.edu with proto POP3
        user "dale6861" there with  password "**********" is

The mail ends up in root like this...

Dec 1998 11:36:44 -0600

Subject: Returned mail: Local configuration error
   1   Shown      9 lines  Text
   2   Shown    294 bytes  Message, "Delivery Status"
   3   Shown    732 bytes  Message, "c"
   3.1 Shown      2 lines  Text

The original message was received at Sun, 6 Dec 1998 11:36:43 -0600

   ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
553 localhost.localdomain. config error: mail loops back to me (MX

    [ Part 2: "Delivery Status" ]

Reporting-MTA: dns; Defiant.ou.edu
Received-From-MTA: DNS; localhost
Arrival-Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 11:36:43 -0600

Action: failed
Status: 5.5.0
Remote-MTA: DNS; localhost.localdomain
Last-Attempt-Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 11:36:44 -0600

    [ Part 3: "Included Message" ]

Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 11:36:41 -0600 (EST)

Subject: c


Any ideas, looks like fetchmail gets it ok, but not sends it.



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configuration (.fetchmailrc is exactly the same), but it's not working
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