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Re: POP3 mail fetcher that supports unreliable connections?



On Tue, Nov 04, 2003 at 12:28:21AM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-11-03 at 19:06, Pigeon wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 03, 2003 at 05:38:44AM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2003-11-02 at 16:36, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > > > Is there a POP3 mail fetcher that wouldn't download messages twice
> > > > when the POP3 connection may sometimes stall (so that the messages
> > > > couldn't be deleted from the server)?
> > > > 
> > > > If there is such a fetcher written in Perl based on Mail::POP3Client,
> > > > this would be a good solution.
> > > 
> > > Have you tried fetchmail?  The messages in /var/log/mail.log seem
> > > to indicate that it deletes each mail after a successful fetch.
> > 
> > By default it doesn't delete them until you hang up; a connection
> > failing may not be the equivalent of a proper hangup. You could try
> > fetchmail -e 1 so it only fetches 1 email at a time then QUITs then
> > goes back for the next one... but this is slow and nasty, see the man
> > page.
> 
> But it sure is secure.
> 
> Btw, is your ppp connection that bad that it can't stay up for 5
> minutes?

My ISP's POP3 server has not been very well recently and I've had it
die on me before fetchmail has finished a few times... for the same
reason -e 1 would be out of the question, so I just delete the
duplicates by hand in mutt.

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