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"another foreground fetchmail is running at ######" and no solution

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Fetchmail is hanging, as soon as fetching one email needs more time ... Fetchmail just gets stuck stating "another foreground fetchmail is running at #####" and no more emails are coming in any more.
I have been out of town for a week and now I have to reconfigure SME over and over again, while fetchmail gets stuck over and over again.

Help!!!!!

Cyrus

Offline Stefano

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hi

the message you are receiving is only "noise"..

fetchmail hangs because:
- the time between two calls is too small..
- connection to isp server goes in timeout
- too many messages or too big.

HTH
Stefano
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fetchmail hangs because:
- the time between two calls is too small..
- connection to isp server goes in timeout
- too many messages or too big.

My server is a 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 with 1 Gig RAM. It's getting about 700 emails a day, sometimes a lot of spam.
But at my server it did hang for five days in a row ...
I think this must not be.

Cyrus
« Last Edit: May 23, 2008, 08:51:16 PM by cyrulution »

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But at my server it did hang for five days in a row ...
I think this must not be.

Cyrus

- check your accounts on isp's server with a mail client (outlook, thunderbird..)
- verify your passwords

Ciao
Stefano
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I did check it. No problems. After five or more "reconfigures" fetchmail did fetch all mail.

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I did check it. No problems. After five or more "reconfigures" fetchmail did fetch all mail.

how many accounts?
how frequently your server contacts your isp?

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It's 4 accounts with 8 external mailboxes and I'm fetching emails all 15 minutes.

Re: "another foreground fetchmail is running at ######" and no solution
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2008, 01:14:38 PM »
Same problem, only 6 external accounts with a lot of spam;
randomly fetchmail hangs or download mail with hours of delay instead of 5 mins.

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Re: "another foreground fetchmail is running at ######" and no solution
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2008, 12:58:58 AM »
I changed mine to 15 minutes, my system collects 20+ accounts and filters all the email and never hangs  :D

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Re: "another foreground fetchmail is running at ######" and no solution
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2008, 11:24:54 PM »
Question: Why don't you point your domain's mx records directly to your server instead of using fetchmail?
You will receive your email immediately instead of having to wait 15 minutes to download and spam filtering will be much more efficient.

Or maybe setup a dynamic hostname like domain.dyndns.org and use mail forwarding to route the email to your server. eg forward to user@domain.dyndns.org. Remember to add domain.dyndns.org to you server as local domain. I used to do it that way in the past and it worked perfectly.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2008, 11:30:42 PM by Gert »

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Re: "another foreground fetchmail is running at ######" and no solution
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2008, 11:52:27 PM »
Question: Why don't you point your domain's mx records directly to your server instead of using fetchmail?
You will receive your email immediately instead of having to wait 15 minutes to download and spam filtering will be much more efficient.

Or maybe setup a dynamic hostname like domain.dyndns.org and use mail forwarding to route the email to your server. eg forward to user@domain.dyndns.org. Remember to add domain.dyndns.org to you server as local domain. I used to do it that way in the past and it worked perfectly.

1. Many providers block mail and web services
2. I can have many email accounts and check only one mail server
3. Double the protection against spam and viruses
4. Deliver to multiple mailboxes
5. so on... :-D

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Re: "another foreground fetchmail is running at ######" and no solution
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2008, 12:09:28 AM »
I had problems with ISPs not using DNSBL and RHSBL. My server had to download thousands of spam to check if its spam whereas if it was to be delivered to my server directly it would have been blocked without waiting my bandwidth. Also big mails tend to get stuck on slow or unstable internet connections and causes lots of duplicate downloads and waiting a long time for important emails to be downloaded because of big and usually unimportant non-work related emails in front of the queue. But then again: every installation is unique I guess.