[CentOS] Fetchmail question

Brian Mathis brian.mathis at gmail.com
Fri Dec 18 15:53:30 UTC 2009

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On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:39 AM, Davy Leon <davy at scu.escambray.com.cu> wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Brian Mathis" <brian.mathis at gmail.com>
>> To: "CentOS mailing list" <centos at centos.org>
>> Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 10:27 AM
>> Subject: Re: [CentOS] Fetchmail question
>> On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Davy Leon <davy at scu.escambray.com.cu>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi folks
>>> This question is about fetchmail running on my Centos 5.3 box.
>>> I need to fetch my email from different accounts living on remote servers
>>> and drop it on my local mailbox.
>>> The question is wich way is faster for fetchmail... using POP3 or IMAP?
>>> Thanks
>>> David
>> Not sure I could say which is faster, but POP3 is more simple and is
>> intended for what you are doing.  IMAP is meant to have all messages
>> stored on the server and thus supports folders and other more advanced
>> features.
>> Based on what you are trying to accomplish, I would use POP3.
> Actually I'm using POP3, but just looking for improvements in speed. Plus,
> fetchm,ail doesn't allow fetch more than one account at a time, and it's
> kind slow in the secure handshaking. There is another package should I
> "explore" using it to improve speed?
> Thanks for your answer
> David

You could probably make different fetchmailrc files for each account
you have, and then use the "-f" option to read each separate file.
Then launch multiple fetchmail processes for each account.  That would
allow you to fetch multiple accounts at once.

As for gaining additional speed, it sounds like you may be using the
wrong solution to accomplish something that you have not yet
explained.  High speed is typically not the main goal of email in

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