Sendmail acting very weird

Posted on 2000-03-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-16
when i try to send mail to myself on my server running sendmail(slackware distro) i am getting this error

There was a problem logging onto your mail server. Your Password was rejected. Account: mydomain.com', Protocol: POP3, Server Response: '-ERR being read already /usr/spool/mail/eric', Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

This is very wierd because i am not checking my mail from any other machine??

any help is greatly appreciated

Question by:eric007
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ID: 2590049
Are you trying to send a mail message to the server? That ought to be done using SMTP, not POP. Check your client to see what it's using for the send mechanism. Another possibility is that there's a hung POP server process from a previous session still on the server. You can check by logging into the box and looking at the output of "ps -ef"

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ID: 2591565
I am just sending mail to myself of my server


From an outside mail server, and yes it is using SMTP...

What do I look for when I use "ps -ef" ??

Doesn't look ike anything is wrong when i do it...

Like I said, this server was working perfectly before...


Accepted Solution

canani earned 200 total points
ID: 2593135
Look for a stale lockfile:

ls -la /var/tmp/.pop

If there's a 'eric' file in this
directory, take a look at its last modification time. If it's and old file, just remove it and make your tests again.

Which version of slackware are you using ?

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Author Comment

ID: 2593407
Thank you...

Author Comment

ID: 2593415
theres still a proble though, i deleted that file then i sent mail to myself and it locks up again??


Expert Comment

ID: 2594198
I believe it's a bug in in.pop3d. I had the same pop3 strange behavior some time ago with slackware 3.6.

Maybe you should user qualcomm's qpopper instead of in.pop3d. I use it in a very loaded system with good results. Take alook at:



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