Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The missing fifth email post

Well, all but one of my nine attempts to email a certain post to this blog yesterday eventually did get through. The fifth post mysteriously disappeared. Finally, at 1:33 a.m. today, eight hours after I emailed it, I received a cryptic message from "Mail Delivery System" (which is really MAILER-DAEMON@blogger.com) that starts with the line "This is the Postfix program at host blogger.com." and ends with the error report from Blogger: "Command died with status 1: "IFS=' '&&exec /home/bloggermail/processmail2exit 75 #bloggermail"."

I suspect that this is simply a convoluted way of saying "system busy."

Personally, I don't think that any user should ever be told that some portion of the software "died." One would think that here in the 21st Century, with 50 years of software engineering behind us that we would have the infrastructure in place to completely automate the buffering and delivery of simple email messages... but such an assumption is clearly false, at this time.

-- Jack Krupansky


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