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Dynamic DNS problems prompt move to cucipop18 November 1999
This article documents the problems I was having with qpopper today. To
be fair, this isn't actually a qpopper problem; it was performing as
advertised. It was actually a dynamic DNS problem which affect qpopper
My mail client was having trouble accessing the POP server on my FreeBSD box. A
long delay would occur between starting the connection and actually downloading the
messages. It was taking about 30 seconds for what was normally a 1 second job.
I tracked the problem down to my dynamic dns provider, www.yi.org but to be fair, it is a free service. They
had gone down. Coincidentally, I had only recently obtained a static IP. I was
already in the process of modifying my DNS to reflect this.
And if you make a change to /etc/inetd.conf, don't forget to hup inetd:
killall -hup inetd
It appears that cucipop does not do the same dns checks which qpopper
does. Checking my mailbox via POP now takes about 1 second (maybe less).
addition to changing POP servers, I also went from starting my POP daemon on demand (i.e. /etc/inetd.conf)
to running it standalone (/usr/local/etc/rc.d/cucipop.sh). Running
standalone is a good idea if you run a busy site (with lots of people checking their
mail). I can't see any problems running standalone on most boxes. I have an
old 486 with 16MB of memory. I don't anticipate any problems but will report them if