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Email Trouble

Couple weeks back I switched my email setup over to the new web server. I kinda liked the idea of having a separate email server --not keeping all my eggs in one basket, and like that. But then my chess filter thing wouldn't work.

Anthony was giving me shit about the chess filter, saying nobody cares about seeing my last chess game on my web site. As if I didn't know that already, ha! It was a learning exercise. An experiment in generating content automatically.

Anyway, I just got it working again. Bunch of stuff was broken. The path in my .procmailrc wasn't allowing the recipe to see stuff like cat and sed. And the recipe had some carriage returns in it. All that stuff needs to be on one line.

The biggest problem I had though was I had left fetchmail running on the old server. No wonder fetchmail on the new box wasn't collecting anything from my pop mail accounts --the old server was grabbing the emails before the new one could. Heh. As M. Emmet Walsh tells Dan Hedeya in "Blood Simple": "you look stupid now".

What the heck is the chess filter thing? It's that chess game graphic down there on the left side. Whenever I play a game on the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS), after finishing, the game is automatically emailed to me in PGN notation. The filter takes these emails (which are text files) and generates the graphic which shows the final position, who won, stuff like that.



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