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Old 10-20-2003, 07:23 PM   #1
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UW IMAP on Slackware 9.1 duplicating messages


I have recently installed Slackware 9.1, which I'm using with fetchmail (getting mail from my isp via pop3) and the default imapd server (UW, I think) serving the messages from /var/spool/mail.

However, a couple of times, and I think it is after a reboot, I am effectively getting every message in my inbox duplicated, with one of the duplicates being marked as unread.

Any ideas why this might be happening?


Old 10-20-2003, 07:35 PM   #2
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I think you should studie up on "pop3", and look at your fetchmail flags. What flags are you sending when using fetchmail? also check your /etc/fetchmailrc.

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Old 10-21-2003, 02:19 PM   #3
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Yes, I'm reading up on fetchmail now.

I'm using this kind of thing:

poll uidl proto pop3 user "myid" with pass "mypassword" is "mylocalid" here keep mda "/usr/bin/procmail -d %T"

I want to keep the messages on the server (so my Windows e-mail client is also up-to-date if I need it to be), but it seems that the "keep" and "uidl" directives do not remember their states between reboots.

Old 10-21-2003, 02:27 PM   #4
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I've just spotted the .fetchids file. When I started fetchmail last week, I did so by running the rc.fetchmail as root after the machine had booted and I had logged in. I think the fetchids file was then put in /root/.fetchids.

Yesterday when I rebooted and fetchmail came up automatically at boot, it seems to have put the fetchids in /.fetchids.

That would explain why it didn't keep its state. If I reboot again, I'll be able to test this, unless someone can confirm that this kind of behaviour is to be expected?


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