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Ken Ju-On 06-27-2003 06:11 PM

Accessing Hotmail with a Linux email client

Hi all!

I'm a complete newbie to Linux. I've just installed SuSE 8.2 Personal and it is quite a pleasure to use.

I was wondering how to access HTTP mail with a Linux email client (i.e KMail, Evolution, etc). I don't know how to configure KMail and Evolution to access my Hotmail account. Can anyone please tell me a way to do this?

If these email clients don't support HTTP mail, can you please suggest a good email client that can access HTTP?

I'd be most grateful if anyone would answer me.

Thymox 06-27-2003 07:26 PM

Ouch, my eyes!

Welcome to LQ, Ken.

There is a program called getwmail. I have not used it, and I think it is a commandline util however.

Ken Ju-On 06-27-2003 08:16 PM


Originally posted by Thymox
Ouch, my eyes!

Thanks for your advice. What's wrong with your eyes? Is it the color I used? I thought green was healthy for your eyes. It's red that's harmful, isn't it?

If it's a command-line based utility, then perhaps it wasn't made for a noob like me. Any other suggestions?

whansard 06-27-2003 08:45 PM

didn't you just use a web browser to get hotmail in
windows? do the same in linux.

Ken Ju-On 06-27-2003 09:04 PM


Originally posted by whansard
didn't you just use a web browser to get hotmail in
windows? do the same in linux.

No, I configured Outlook Express to access my HTTP (Hotmail) account. Incredimail can access HTTP mail servers as well. Using a web-browser to access HTTP mail is less efficient than using an installed email client, though it is obviously the easiest way. That's why I'm looking for an email client that can access HTTP mail like OE and Incredimail. Any ideas, anybody?

contrasutra 06-27-2003 09:28 PM

No mail clients can.

There are lots of programs that can intercept and convert Hotmail Mail. A search will solve your problem. ;)

roeddog 06-27-2003 10:57 PM


If you're using Suse 8.2 it should have a program called Kopete. It is a messenger program. As soon as i logged in with it poped up that i had 4 e-mails in my box i clicked and it opened a browser. I don't recall which on tho!

It isn't exactly a mail program but it does notify you when you have new hotmail.

hemp4fuel 06-28-2003 01:33 AM

I use this:
and it works great.

C++freak 06-29-2003 11:08 PM

This is a good guide on how to setup your mail client to download email from your hotmail account.

Have a good day!

tr4nce 06-29-2003 11:25 PM

does anybody know's the Hotmail and Yahoo smtp urls?

whansard 06-30-2003 03:08 AM

i doubt you'll be able to send mail that way.
but if you want, send yourself a mail, and look at
the header, for the smtp server's address.

JanRigter 07-06-2003 01:01 PM


This is how I monitor my hotmail account.
I setup Gotmail to fetch mail from hotmail and deliver it to some local directory.
After that I did set up kmail to use this gotmail directory as a local mailbox. Kmail allows you to specify a precommand to be executed before it checks for mail. This precommand is the call to the gotmail script. No bash scripts, no nothing.
This way, my hotmail appears in my kmail and I never have to visit hotmail again.

Dunno about sending mail though. I never tried that through hotmail smtp.


dejan_j 07-06-2003 07:09 PM

just use wat eva email software comes on the your OS cd and configure it. who cares wat u use to read it as long as u get 2 read ur emails... and if nothing works stick to web browser :D

born4linux 07-06-2003 08:38 PM

as hemp4fuel suggested, use hotwayd. I installed it in slackware. the included guide is easy to follow. after i've edited /etc/inetd.conf and restarted it, i can then setup evolution to retrieve my hotmail messages.

but by default, no linux email client can retrieve hotmail messages as they don't have the authentication module to support hotmail.

Thymox 07-06-2003 08:40 PM

This is fine for hotmail, but will it work reliably with other webmails, such as yahoo,, etc?

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