Re: Setting Up Email
On Fri, 12 Dec 2003 18:51:04 -0800, Scarletdown wrote:
> I've been trying to set up POP3 email access (in text mode instead of
> from the desktop), and am really stumped now. I just did a little
> experiment and installed fetchmail, then from the command prompt gave
> the fetchmail command as follows:
> fetchmail -p AUTO -u gsutton9503 mail.charter.net
> I was then asked for my password for the server. After entering the
> password, apparently a bunch of messages downloaded to somewhere on
> my hard drive and were deleted off of the server. Where did the
> messages get saved to, and how do I access them? I tried running
> mutt, but at the bottom of the screen is the notice:
> /var/mail/scarletdown: No such file or directory (errno = 2)
> (scarletdown is the name of the regular non-root user account).
> I did a little investigating and it seems that there should be a file
> (or possibly a directory) in each user's home directory called mbox.
> Well, there isn't, and I am not sure where else to look for mbox.
> So since mutt doesn't work, how do I access those 19 messages that
> were downloaded?
Normally, fetchmail delivers to your MTA (mail transport agent) unless
you configured it to bypass the MTA and go to procmail (or elsewhere)
directly. The "default" MTA under debian is exim. Look for some log
files: /var/log/mail.log & /var/log/mail.err
If they exist, they will probably provide you more info.
When playing with fetchmail, it is advisable to use the "--keep" flag
until you're sure it's working. That leaves the email on the server
instead of deleting it.
- W. Citoan
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