[CentOS] Fetchmail question

Scot P. Floess sfloess at nc.rr.com
Fri Dec 18 15:55:54 UTC 2009

You can definitely use the -f option to fetchmail.  But the neat thing is, 
you can supply multiple accounts - and multiple local users.  For me I 
supply 2 different pop servers and one local user - works great.

On Fri, 18 Dec 2009, Brian Mathis wrote:

> [Top post moved to bottom]
> 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
> general.
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