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Email backlog, linux, fetchmail and mail limits

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Email backlog, linux, fetchmail and mail limits

I'm not sure what's happened here. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

I've just got back online after a week's absence. Not surprisingly there was loads of email, about 400. Approx 16MB I think.

I run fetchmail under Linux. I kicked off the fetchmail session, ran a network sniffer, and all looked fine. Then I went to buy a pizza. I don't know if that's significant. I'm just back, with Pizza, ready to catch up with my mail. But it's mostly gorn. I've had a look at the logs, and pasted a snippet at the end of this post. Would I be right in thinking that Plusnet has a 100 mail limit download per session? If so, I think I'm stuffed. I have fetchmail configured to delete mail from the server after downloading, and it looks to me as if I've hit some sort of limit, and therefore the mail has not been retrieved, but then it's been deleted anyway. Does this sound likely? I'm assuming that the messages below are coming from Plusnet, but looking at it again I wonder if I've got exim configured a bit daftly locally.

Anyone care to end my mystification?

Dougie


Oct 10 16:09:30 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: reading message ripple@mail.plus.net:106 of 336 (3712 octets)
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP> MAIL FROM:<motion-admin@pdx.frogtown.com> SIZE=3712
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP< 250 <motion-admin@pdx.frogtown.com> is syntactically correct
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP> RCPT TO:<postie@localhost>
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP< 250 <postie@localhost> is syntactically correct
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP> DATA
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP< 354 Enter message, ending with "." on a line by itself
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP>. (EOM)
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 exim[3346]: 2002-10-10 16:09:31 17zewN-0000ry-00 <= motion-admin@pdx.frogtown.com H=homel
an (localhost) [127.0.0.1] U=root P=esmtp S=4026 id=20021004112339.GA18810@wacka.mjr.org
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 exim[3346]: 2002-10-10 16:09:31 17zewN-0000ry-00 no immediate delivery: more than 100 mes
sages received in one connection
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: SMTP< 250 OK id=17zewN-0000ry-00
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: flushed
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: POP3> DELE 106
Oct 10 16:09:31 tbird2 fetchmail[1531]: POP3< +OK
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RE: Email backlog, linux, fetchmail and mail limits

Aha! Plusnet not to blame I think. I've just found this stanza in my exim.conf:

# This sets the maximum number of messages that will be accepted in one
# connection. The default is 10, which is probably enough for most purposes,
# but is too low on dialup SMTP systems, which often have many more mails
# queued for them when they connect.

smtp_accept_queue_per_connection = 100

--

Looks like I've downloaded it then chucked it away?
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RE: Email backlog, linux, fetchmail and mail limits

> Aha! Plusnet not to blame I think. I've just found this stanza in my exim.conf:
>
> # This sets the maximum number of messages that will be accepted in one
> # connection. The default is 10, which is probably enough for most purposes,
> # but is too low on dialup SMTP systems, which often have many more mails
> # queued for them when they connect.
>
> smtp_accept_queue_per_connection = 100
>
> --
>
> Looks like I've downloaded it then chucked it away?
>

I'm afraid so, I've had a look at your POP3 mailbox and the it looks like the mail has been deleted. Once this is done we have no way of retrieving it unfortunately.

Regards,
Rob

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