[CentOS] Fetchmail question

Scot P. Floess sfloess at nc.rr.com
Fri Dec 18 16:10:16 UTC 2009

D'oh...  Sorry about that...  I was quickly reading through the post.  My 
foot so easily fits into my mouth I sometimes forget its there :)

On Fri, 18 Dec 2009, Brian Mathis wrote:

> [Top post again moved to the bottom]
> On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:55 AM, Scot P. Floess <sfloess at nc.rr.com> wrote:
>> 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 which 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,
>>>> fetchmail 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.
>> 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.
>> Scot P. Floess
> Scott,
> You may notice that in the OPs 1st reply that the requirement is to
> retrieve multiple accounts *at the same time* to increase speed.
> AFAIK, if you use 1 file with fetchmail it will retrieve messages
> sequentially from each account.
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