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Old 02-22-2005, 10:13 AM   #1
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Fetchmail - Permission error


I am trying to setup fetchmail to retrieve my mail on an ODMR server at my ISP.

I have created a fetchmailrc file containing the following text under the /etc folder :

set daemon 60
set syslog
poll with protocol ODMR via 196.(isp ODMR ip)
timeout 900
username "USERNAME" with password "PASSWORD
fetchdomains MYDOMAIN

I then launch the following command from /usr/bin "fetchmail -f /etc/fetchmailrc"

I get the following error message " file /etc/fetchmailr must have no more than -rwx--x--- (0710) permissions

Can anyone please point me in the right direction ?

Old 02-23-2005, 02:06 PM   #2
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Re: Fetchmail - Permission error

Originally posted by jacquedp
I get the following error message " file /etc/fetchmailr must have no more than -rwx--x--- (0710) permissions
Fetchmail is telling you what exactly what the problem is: Your file
permissions are too open.

Set the permissions: chmod 0600 fetchmailrc

It looks like this is just for you so I can't see any reason to have
the file in /etc. You should have it in your home directory as
".fetchmailrc" and do away with calling the file directly from the
command line. But if you have a reason to put it in /etc, do as you


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