fetchmail - why does CentOS 5 not like my old cron job?
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RH 7.1 is ancient and was probably running an equally ancient version of fetchmail. The don't run as root warning was probably added in a later version of fetchmail. It's good advice, too, if you run fetchmail as root and there is a security flaw in it or you have it con figured badly, then a malicious server or mail message could be used to gain complete control of your system for an attacker.
The solution is to run fetchmail as a nonprivileged user. A user's cron jobs run whenever they are scheduled -- not jsut when the user is logged in.