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daft mail questions

Hi all.  Let me see if I have this right.

I'm using fetchmail and sendmail and they seem to work. However when i
threw Smail away and ran deselect to install Sendmail, the dependency
information said that I needed "deliver".  I had already installed
procmail and thought that procmail was the logical equivalent of
deliver no?

I'm still a bit new at configuring Linux machines for mail (which is
partly why I'm using Agent), so here is what I think is supposed to

I call fetchmail which checks my POP account and downloads the mail.
Fetchmail then either (1.) places the mail in /var/spool/mail/username
or (2.) passes it to a program like "deliver" or "procmail" ?  So
basically sendmail doesn't do anyting until I export mail ?

I've read a lot of news and docs trying to understand "what happens
when" but keep reading things that say I only need an MTA like
sendmail and a MUA like Pine. There seems to be a step in the middle

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