Wiki advice on running getmail on INBOX access - how does that work?

Gedalya gedalya at
Sat Oct 18 18:28:19 UTC 2014

On 10/18/2014 01:24 PM, c128 mail wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm currently running getmail in a cron job every 2 minutes, so I was 
> quite intrigued by this on the wiki:
> Thing is - I couldn't see how it would work and, when I tried it, it 
> didn't work (at least not for me).
What exactly did happen?

> It details using incrontab to monitor /home/username/.maildir/cur in 
> order to trigger getmail.
> However, "cur" won't change unless populated with an initial 
> result of actually running getmail?  Seems like a chicken and egg 
> situation.
access != change

> I reckon I'm missing something fundamental :-), but what is it?
> Ta.

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