Strange mail problem

John J. Boyer john.boyer at
Fri Dec 9 17:06:47 UTC 2016

I am using the latest Debian at the command line. For email I use fetchmail, procmail, mutt and msmtp. I have scripts 
that call fetchmail in daemon mode and then call mutt. Fetchmail is then killed. The weird thing is that if there are 
more than 10 messages I can 
see only the first 10. The others show up many minutes later as new mail. What causes this and how can it be fixed?


John J. Boyer, President
AbilitiesSoft, Inc.
Email: john.boyer at
Status: 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Mission: developing assistive technology software and providing STEM services 
        that are available at no cost

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