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Old 01-07-2016, 04:49 AM   #1
Arbuthnot
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Mutt:How does it fetch mail?


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I am currently playing around with various ways of downloading mail on Debian Jessie. I set up Mutt to collect mail over imap from both gmail and subsequently another mail server. This works fine.
I then played about with fetchmail and getmail. I could not get these to function but it is early days yet.

The thing is...I have temporarily purged both fetchmail and getmail and yet Mutt is still happily downloading my mail from the server. How is it doing this? Is Mutt itself programmed to function as a mail retrieval agent, or is it using another external programme.
 
Old 01-07-2016, 06:29 AM   #2
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Mutt is programmed with imap. I think it also knows the POP protocol too.
 
Old 01-07-2016, 06:39 AM   #3
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IMAP can be used as a full alternative to local mail storage. You can create sub-folders and manipulate messages in every way.
 
Old 01-07-2016, 11:14 AM   #4
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What I was getting at, and I appreciate that this question may be born out of pathetic ignorance, is that, as I understand it, Mutt is an MUA not an MTA, it therefore would seem to me tha it must be using a third party MTA to fetch the mail. Since I have purged both fetchmail and getmail what is Mutt using?
 
Old 01-07-2016, 01:37 PM   #5
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Seems that Mutt also has some MRA (Mail Retrieval Agent) capabilities (POP + IMAP as mentioned above) as well as MUA.
See MRA on the mutt wiki.

Hope that helps,
Tim
 
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Old 01-07-2016, 06:11 PM   #6
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Seems that Mutt also has some MRA (Mail Retrieval Agent) capabilities (POP + IMAP as mentioned above) as well as MUA.
See MRA on the mutt wiki.

Hope that helps,
Tim


Many thanks, that answers my question precisely. I was not aware that there was a difference between MRA and MDA. That's interesting, and deserving of further study.

Thanks again.
 
  


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