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Small mail server



At home where I have a dsl internet connection I set up a small debian
3.0 server to work - above all - as a gateway & firewall
(masqueranding the 2 windows 2000 PCs which are connected to it) and
connecting to the net via a "ppp on demand".

Recently I have installed the uw-imapd & fetchmail debs to make M$
outlook express in the win2k box read mail from the imap server (the
small debian 3 box again!). To test the installation I have been
issuing the "fetchmail" command from the server manually to get the
post from my pop3 external ISP, putting it in a folder and then
checking from outlook express if it is able to read that folder via
imap. It is!

Now, I'd like to automate the procedure because I want to read my mail
from my ISP through fetchmail & spamassassin, put my cleaned mail in a
folder of the server to be read via imap by outlook express on a the
win2k boxes.

I know that IN THE CASE OF A PERMANENT INTERNET CONNECTION I can set
fetchmail to read email systematically from an external pop3 ISP at
fixed time intervals.

But, I have a PPP ON DEMAND CONNECTION (for security reasons I'd loke
to stick to this solution) therefore I wonder if it possible to
configure the debian server to start the connection and run fetchmail
as soon as M$ outlook express is opened and is looking for new mail.

How can I do it?

Ciao
Vittorio

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