new machine : mail problem : solved
120919 Alan McKinnon wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Sep 2012 01:18:45 -0400
> Philip Webb <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> RTFM : front + centre it says to try 'fetchmail -vvv --nodetach
>> --nosyslog'. That immediately told me the very non-obvious but
>> crucial information : " ~/.fetchmail must have no more permissions
>> than 700". Whyever ?
> That's quite normal actually. The file might contain passwords
> and you don't want every joker on the system reading them.
Yes, that is obvious once it's pointed out (grin).
> It *really* should have printed that warning to the console though.
Well yes, but it's normally running via a user cron job
& error msgs probably get dumped somewhere or even nowhere.
The place they should show up is syslog or mail.warn ,
but they certainly weren't arriving there.
The new machine seems to be working properly now,
but I've had 5 odd problems along the way, some perhaps bugs :
(1) System Rescue has to look for its data file on all the devices,
but it hangs up at unformatted drives or swap partitions (bug ?);
(2) when you change from an Intel to an AMD CPU,
you have to change the <x>HCI settings in the kernel
in order to be able to use a USB mouse/keyboard ;
(3) Fluxbox rewrites its 'apps' file at every exit,
so to force Gkrellm to appear in a particular workspace
you have to point to another file in 'init':
Fluxbox is an excellent simple desktop manager,
but its session management needs redesign & expansion ;
(4) the latest Stage3 installs Python 3 as default (in some way),
so scripts which worked earlier may need rewriting
or you need to make them explicitly use Python 2 ;
(5) Fetchmail has an odd, if understandable, requirement for its config file,
but doesn't provide adequate warnings when it fails thereby (bug ?).
I hope my descriptions of problems + solutions help others
& thanks again to those who have contributed to the latter.
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