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18th November 2005, 05:58
I followed the ISP Server setup using Ubuntu Hoary Hedgehog. Everything was working well. However now it appears that Procmail is not delivering mail to user mailbox. I have checked the setup against the HowTo and I have followed exactly.

After sending test email from a Hotmail account the message I get in my mail.log is:

NOV 17 21:21:27 crud-03 postfix/smtpd [7576]: connect from bay14-f21.bay14.hotmail.com[]

NOV 17 21:21:27 crud-03 postfix/smtpd[7576]: E64A21421F7: message-id=<BAY14-F21A0D17A39F9D0E8B8E3F8CB5E0@phx.gbl>

NOV 17 21:21:28 crud-03 procmail[7581]: suspicious rcfile "/var/www/web1/.procmailrc"

NOV 17 21:21:28 crud-03 postfix/local[7580]: E64A21421F7: to=<web1_chuck@crud-03.ccrudolphy.net>, orig_to=<chuck@ccrudolphy.net>, relay = local, delay = 1, status = sent (delivered to command: /usr/bin/procmail -f-)

NOV 17 21:21:28 crud-03 postfix/smtpd[7576]: disconnect from bay14-f21.bay14.hotmail.com[]

When I check my mail with a mail client there is nothing in my mailbox. When I check the directory /var/www/web1/user/web1_chuck/Maildir/cur or new or tmp they are all empty.

The contents of the "suspicious" /var/www/web1/.procmailrc file are:


## INCLUDERC=/var/www/web1/user/web1_chuck/.autoresponder.rc

Don't know what is going on! Sure would appreciate some help as to where to look for answers on how to fix this problem.

Thanks in advance

Chuck Rudolphy

18th November 2005, 06:37
Well, I fixed my own problem. For whatever reason (which I don't remember) I had changed my directory permissions to world writeable. That causes procmail to bomb the mails. The key was the "suspicious" statement in the mail.log. I read the man page for procmail found the message description, checked the permissions, changed them, and now I get mail.


8th February 2006, 23:57
Chuck, thanks for posting the solution! helped me much - especially the hint to read the manpage :D

9th February 2006, 20:13
Appreciate the expression of thanks. I am doing a lot of learning here with the help of others in these forums, especially Till and Falko.