[Techtalk] mail problems with Red Hat 9

Katie Bechtold katie at katie-and-rob.org
Wed May 14 08:59:00 EST 2003

On Tue, May 13, 2003 at 10:16:03PM -0400, Katie Bechtold wrote:
> In order to check my mail with fetchmail and deliver it to localhost
> -- as I had been doing before the upgrade -- I needed to use the 
> "--mda=/usr/bin/procmail" command-line option with fetchmail, which
> I hadn't used before, but things seem to work with this option. (I
> got the idea from
> http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=14989.)

I think I found the problem, and it's with the above configuration
change.  The advice given in the bugzilla bug report seems not to
have been complete.  As I discovered from
http://susefaq.sourceforge.net/fetchmail.html#AEN2810, in order to
turn on procmail's explicit delivery mode, it's necessary to use the
-d command line option, like so in the ~/.fetchmailrc:
mda "/usr/bin/procmail -d %T"

Without that -d command line option to turn on explicit delivery
mode, procmail added mail to various mailboxes in an incomplete way
-- the mail delivered in this fashion lacked the initial From line
that tells MUAs how to differentiate between messages.  So that
created quite a mess.  I believe the addition of the -d %T has fixed
the problem, although I now have to go in to each mailbox and try to
fix things by adding From lines.  (Please correct me if there's an
easier way, though!)
Katie Bechtold         http://katie-and-rob.org/

I guess you guys got BIG MUSCLES from doing too much STUDYING!

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