foiled again

Apparently, I have recently been informed, a fair bit of mail that I’ve sent since last Friday as not been reaching its intended recipients. Not all of it, though! Baffling, and at first I thought I’d screwed up the mail system when I was resuscitating the machine on which it is hosted. Nobody else has seen this problem, though, and the logs pretty clearly indicate that my outbound mail wasn’t being seen by that mail server in the first place, so it didn’t really even have a chance to screw me up.

Turns out that I managed to mangle my Thunderbird, in the course of wild and reckless hacking on it for my own purposes, to set it into “offline-send” mode while retaining the ability to pull in new mail. So there were quite a few choice morsels of communication sitting in my Unsent Messages folder, wounding my very soul in their now-untimeliness.

(I say “were”, because that folder is now largely empty because of a follow-on screwup involving the order of the arguments to the “cp” command. At least I have the indecipherable summary database left to help me track it down!)

Some of them in there made it through, probably according to whatever hacking I was doing on my tbird build at the time, so I’ll be poring over log files to figure out which ones are missing later today. If you haven’t heard from me about something you were expecting to, well, you’re probably used to that now, but resending your request might not be a horrible plan.

(I know I’m way behind on the things I wanted to post about before, too. I don’t want to hear about it right now.)

2 comments to “foiled again”

  1. entered 23 February 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    Hands down the longest-winded excuse for not sending email to your mother that I’ve ever heard!

  2. entered 24 February 2005 @ 2:06 pm

    If you haven’t heard from me about something you were expecting to, well, you’re probably used to that now…

    I was going to say ‘how would we know?’ but you’ve seized the initiative on that one. =)