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yes, well I googled my way through and it seems that fetchmail stores the emails in /var/spool/mail/<user>, isn't it possible to change this directory to somewhere in my homedir?
Another thing, how do you set up your mail client to read the mails from this local dir (lets say kmail)?
I have never used Kmail, but isn't there some sort of account "local" account type (as opposed to IMAP or POP3)? There are several possibly types, like UNIX mbox format, Maildir, local delivery and so on.
it's how you want to lock the mbox while you use it, most clients have their own way, kmail just lets you choose, depending upon what permissions you have and preference.
i prefer fcntl myself, since virtually everything supports this as a standard, so if a time comes where you write your own scripts to play with your mail, it's supported nicely
ok, so I filled in the fields, I mailed myself and managed to get it using fetchmail. Then I tried to read it using kmail, but kmail doesn't notice the new mail. Not even when I explicitly ask him to look (File -> Check Mail).
When I copy an mail I had previously to /var/mail/<username> , then it does receive... how do I resolve this?
How is your fetchmail setup? I have two different setups - on my laptop I have fetchmail setup to deliver mail using procmail (actually copying the files to ~/mail/mbox). On my desktop it uses standard local delivery as I have an MTA for local use installed. This means fetchmail connects to my own machine and delivers the mails to username@localhost, so they end up in my /var/spool/mail/$USER directory.
All this is pretty easy to set up using fetchmailconf, which comes with fetchmail.
the only thing i've set up is fetchmail, nothing else (with fetchmailconf). Can you maybe post your procmail config file? This way, I could be able to put my mail in my home dir and maybe kmail is able to read that mbox file...
I noticed another option in kmail, 'local maildir'. Does anybody know what this means?
...and here is my .fetchmailrc (edited of course):
# Configuration created Thu May 6 00:59:47 2004 by fetchmailconf
set postmaster "email@example.com"
set no spambounce
set properties ""
poll pop.mymailprovider.com with proto POP3
user 'remoteusername' there with password 'yeahasifidpostthat' is 'localusername' here options fetchall
mda "/usr/bin/procmail -p -f %F"
Maildir is an excellent option and depending on your MTA setup that is possibly how your mail is delivered by fetchmail.