Bug 191829 - Meaningless error message when unable to connect to remote mail server
Meaningless error message when unable to connect to remote mail server
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: fetchmail (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Miloslav Trmač
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2006-05-15 19:38 EDT by Tethys
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: 6.3.4-0.fc5.1
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Last Closed: 2006-06-07 18:06:35 EDT
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Description Tethys 2006-05-15 19:38:25 EDT
Description of problem:
If fetchmail tries to connect to a remote server that isn't listening on
the appropriate port (say 110 for pop3), then it issues a rather generic
and not particularly helpful error message:

leto:~% fetchmail
fetchmail: Query status=2 (SOCKET)

This should really be changed to something that gives a bit more information.
For example, trying to telnet to the same machine gives:

leto:~# telnet 110
telnet: connect to address Connection refused
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused

Which gives a much better indication of the problem.

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How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run fetchmail against a host that isn't listening on the applicable port
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Comment 1 Miloslav Trmač 2006-06-07 18:06:35 EDT
Thanks for your report.

Reporting of this error is better in fetchmail-6.3.4, available in FC-5:
$ fetchmail 
Enter password for mitr@localhost:
POP3 connection to localhost failed: Connection refused
fetchmail: Query status=2 (SOCKET)

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