[kdepim-users] Kmail stops delivering mail after a period of time (Ingo Kl?cker)

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Tue Jan 29 02:52:12 GMT 2008

On Monday 28 January 2008, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
>On Monday 28 January 2008, r bartlett wrote:
>> Software should just work, period, and any professional
>> knows that it wouldn't look very good to have a website
>> down for 6-8 hours every day.  And it shouldn't be too
>> much to ask that if I run an email client, it regularly
>> and consistently checks email whether the computer is on
>> for a few hours or a few months at a time.  Right?
>Full ACK.
>> In addition, this problem seems to sometimes occur within
>> several hours of starting up Kontact or Kmail, so I don't
>> think turning off the computer would solve the issue.  It
>> would surely save some energy, but I'm doing more than my
>> part in plenty of other ways, and the Chihuahua yipping
>> would be better directed at giant companies, who waste more
>> energy in one night than I will in a decade.
>> In the meantime, I appreciate any and all useful and
>> thoughtful responses, and would particularly appreciate tips
>> regarding how to troubleshoot.  Part of the difficulty is the
>> apparent randomness with which this problem appears.
>And that's exactly why we have not been able to fix it although the
>problem is already known for quite some time. If you can find a pattern
>that would hopefully be of great help.

As you know, Ingo, I've been trying to make sense of it for several years here 
too, hoping I could help, if you call the bitching I've done help. I 

But I gave up and rigged fetchmail and procmail to do all the pop3 sucking and 
spamassassin duties, leaving kmail to pull from /var/spool/mail/gene, that 
which survives the gauntlet. Anything over 7 stars in the X-Spam-level line 
after spamc/d goes to /dev/null courtesy procmail, saving kmail and I about 
400-4000 headaches a week.  kmail is quite a bit smoother in operation if it 
doesn't have to do all that in the background anyway.

That is also one of the ways I protect myself a bit cuz I run as root.  All 
that stuff is done as an unprivileged user, putting another layer of security 
between me and anybody that manages to get through a dd-wrt router.


Cheers, Gene
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