Strange mail problem

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Dec 12 17:17:06 UTC 2016

In the earlier version of debian you may not have used systemd.  That's 
changed and I expect systemd is lots more picky about memory use.
Fortunately, you can put all thrree email accounts into one .fetchmailrc 
If you know how to use sed, you could have sed edit your .fetchmailrc 
file and comment out the two accounts you don't want to read and 
uncomment the account you do want to read  Those sed commands could go 
into your scripts for future use too.

On Mon, 12 Dec 2016, John J. Boyer wrote:

> Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:15:03
> From: John J. Boyer <john.boyer at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: Strange mail problem
> Hi Janina, Tim and Geoff,
> I am using scripts because I have three email accounts. I set them up many rears ago. They worked fine until I installed
> Debian on my new machine a couple of months ago. Each has its own fetchmailrc and muttrc. This may not be the best way
> to do things, but it was working. The script for this address is:
> fetchmail -f as-fetchmailrc
> mutt -F as-muttrc
> killall fetchmail
> The as-fetchmailrc file sets fetchmail to daemon mode. I am uising the default mail format, which I suppose is mbox.
> This address receives a lot of mail. Mutt gets the first ten if there are more. Mailq shows that the rest are in the
> queue. They are delivered in about half an hour. This is not a mutt problem, because if there are a hundred messages in
> the queue it will handle them once they are placed in /var/mail/president
> Thanks,
> John
> On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 05:29:37PM +0000, Geoff Shang wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Dec 2016, John J. Boyer wrote:
>>> 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?
>> Like others have said, I don't know why you don't run Fetchmail in daemon
>> mode and just leve it running, but each to his own.
>> I suspect you might be having issues with your SMTP server.  I saw this
>> issue when I used Fetchmail.  The SMTP server would get all the messages,
>> but would only send on so many.
>> You can see if this is the issue by running
>> mailq
>> once you've received the first batch of messages.  If there are others in
>> the queue, this is the issue.  The queue will need to be flushed, either
>> manually or the next time the server decies to do it, before you will see
>> your messages.
>> It's so long since I used this configuration that I can't remember what I
>> did about this, and in any case any solution would be SMTP server specific.
>> I know I used exim (the Debian default) but I don't remember what I did, and
>> I would use Postfix nowadays if I were to do this again.
>> Nowadays I just do IMAP directly to the server which is IMHO much more
>> efficient.
>> sorry I can't remember the specifics but this might help narrow down your
>> problem.
>> Geoff.
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