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Old 08-19-2003, 06:04 PM   #1
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Need help with fetchmail

Hi there, i'm a complete linux newbie (as in no knowledge what so ever) and i'm in the lucky position of having to set up fetchmail on our linux box. I'm pretty shure its running redhat 8.

What i need it to do is this; (i just copied that from )

'Fetchmail can be used as a POP/IMAP-to-SMTP gateway for an entire DNS domain, collecting mail from a single drop box on an ISP and SMTP-forwarding it based on header addresses.'

So, how can i go about setting that up?

Thanks for any help.
Old 08-19-2003, 07:17 PM   #2
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Ive never set up fetchmail for more than one or two users, but I think youd have to have a .fetchmailrc in each users home dir.

Heres the .fetchmailrc from one of my local accounts:
# Configuration created Sun Jan 27 08:20:34 2002 by fetchmailconf
set postmaster "m0rl0ck"
set nobouncemail
set no spambounce
set properties ""
set daemon 1200
poll via
with proto POP3
user '' there with password 'xxxxxxx' is 'm0rl0ck@localhost.localdomain' here options no rewrite
# smtphost localhost.localdomain
mda '/usr/bin/procmail -f fetchmail'
# antispam

Then run a fetchmail process for each user.

EDIT: Just discovered theres a fetchmailrc in /etc. Apparently you can put each user config there.

Last edited by m0rl0ck; 08-19-2003 at 07:24 PM.
Old 08-20-2003, 05:34 AM   #3
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Are you trying to set up a fetchmail script that will collect mail from one external mailbox and then deliver to each of the recipients linux accounts ?

If so, I can help - if not I can try .....

I have a multi-collect fetchmail script that collects mail from one specific external pop box. It then reads the name before the @ sign and delivers to the appropriate linux account.

you would need to make sure you have your sendmail configured too - particularly aliases. If you don't know what this means, I can explain it. You might not even be using sendmail - maybe procmail.

Basically, if you are trying to achieve what I am running, then I can let you know what I did.


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