[dovecot] Re: Util for pop3 to dovecot?

David Champion dgc at uchicago.edu
Sat Jan 4 01:41:03 EET 2003

* On 2003.01.02, in <20030103024845.GA32431 at mulder.wiked.org>,
*	"Gareth J. Greenaway" <gareth at wiked.org> wrote:
> >
> > know of a utility that will allow me to do this? I looked
> > at fetchmail but it seems to want to talk to an SMTP
> > server.
> fetchmail talks to a pop3 server, smtp is for sending email.  You
> could use fetchmail to bring the mail down from the pop3 server and
> then use procmail to filter to filter out to the folders that imap
> will serve from.

There's a misunderstanding here.

In some configurations, fetchmail wants to relay mail that it pops
through a local MTA (SMTP server). This is what Brad was referring to:
it connects to the POP server, downloads mail, and connects to the local
SMTP service to relay the new messages. The ostensible reasons for this
are a certain kind of simplicity, and the ability to take advantage of
whatever filtering hooks you have plugged into your local MTA.

But for another kind of simplicity, fetchmail can be configured instead
to use a local MDA instead of a local MTA. Procmail works fine for this
purpose, as does any other program designed to deliver mail locally on
sendmail's behalf.

 -D.	dgc at uchicago.edu	NSIT	University of Chicago
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