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Re: Fetchmail

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 03:59:55PM +0300, Tero Mäntyvaara wrote:
> So if I put "SET_DAEMON=yes" to /etc/default/fetchmail and other needed
> parameters to .fetchmailrc then daemon should start for every user that
> has .fetchmailrc file?
> Tero Mäntyvaara
> Jamie Griffin wrote:
>> In my /etc/default/fetchmail file i have simply changed the variable
>> to "SET_DAEMON=yes"
>> This gives a default value of 600 seconds i believe. Should you be happy
>> with this you would not not need to set a daemon value. 
>> However, if you wish to set daemon to a different value, in the
>> /etc/fetchmailr you can add 'set daemon 300' or to however frequently 
>> you need it to poll the server. 
>> I use exactly this method and it works perfectly. 
>> HTH, jamie
>> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 01:42:45PM +0300, Tero Mäntyvaara wrote:
>>> Hi!
>>> I have modified also the files /etc/default/fetchmail and   
>>> /etc/fetchmailrc but I don't know which parameter affects to which   
>>> function. Anyway the file .fetchmailrc and user daemon are the 
>>> solutions   that I was looking for. I had put that "set daemon nnn" 
>>> in  .fetchmailrc, but it didn't work. :-(
>>> What should I put in files /etc/default/fetchmail and /etc/fetchmailrc then?
>>> Tero Mäntyvaara
>>> Patricia Fraser wrote:
>>>> Hi Tero,
>>>>> How do I set fetchmail to automatically fetch mails of all user?
>>>>> Every user have to give command fetchmail -a at the moment to get
>>>>> their mails.
>>>> Unless you want to use a system-wide fetchmail, you can put a line in
>>>> each user's .fetchmailrc:
>>>> set daemon nnn
>>>> where "nnn" is the number of seconds between polls - I have mine set at
>>>> 900. They can then use "fetchmail -q" to shut the daemon down.
>>>> Cheers,
As this program is running as root and the configuration file is
system-wide the daemon will run at the specified number of seconds for all
users/accounts written within /etc/fetchmailrc.

If you're not using an LDA, such as procmail, your MTA should then
handle delivery to /var/spool/mail/$USER.

I currently only use this set up for myself as the single user on my

As Chris suggested, run /etc/init.d/fetchmail start to initiate the
daemon. It will then stop and start automatically on shutdown/boot
respectively. Check the maillogs to troubleshoot; they will confirm
what's happening.



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