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Re: POP3 was: Re: command not found [SOLVED]

On Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:31:45 -0500
Gene Heskett <gheskett@shentel.net> wrote:
> On Friday 18 December 2015 05:32:01 Lisi Reisz wrote:
> > Having just by implication been told by someone that only muggles,
> > lusers and/or dinosaurs use POP3, how many others of us will admit
> > to it?  (For the avoidance of doubt, I use POP3.)
> >
> > I won't admit to being a muggle or a luser (who, me?), but I am
> > often prepared to admit to being a dinosaur.  However, in this case
> > I actually don't agree with the premise.  Feel free to tell me that
> > I am deluding myself and that I am indeed a dinosaur in this as
> > well.
> >
> > I just don't, for my use, like a lot of what IMAP does.
> >
> > Lisi  
> You have company Lisi, OTOH I am pretty (81 now) ancient, but I hit
> two servers with fetchmail, using pop3 to fetch.  I in fact like the
> idea/premise of IMAP, but have been repeatedly told that setting up
> the server so I can do email from any of my 5 machines, using this
> one as the server and one of the clients, is impossible.

It isn't impossible, that's what I do here. I run a local Dovecot IMAP
server, on the same machine I have cron jobs that run getmail to pull
down mail from various accounts via POP3 and hand them over to Dovecot.
Dovecot then passes them through the Sieve plugin, which filters them
into appropriate folders.

This mail is then accessed from any of my local machines via IMAP, so I
can use any client on any host and see the exact same folder-tree. If
this is what you want, then it's quite easy to set up.

>  The all
> maildir email corpus I have here apparently must be converted back to
> something resembling a mailfile, and some directories would exceed
> the reach of a 32 bit filesystem in size as they go back 13 years.

I've got Dovecot set up to use Maildir, but I can't comment on the
directory size thing.

> I was hoping that I could setup icedove to serve the kmail database
> to other machines, but have been told thats impossible.

Icedove/Thunderbird is a mail client, not an IMAP or POP3 server, so
it can't do that.

> I might also
> point out that the docs on icedove/imap are worefully inadequate for
> a user who has never dealt with it.  I'd still try it, if I could
> find a tutorial that started out with "install this list of stuff"
> then configure this "stuff" so, and that "stuff" so, giving an
> educational background reason for each.
> I've not found such a tome.  And folks seem to think I'm out of my
> mind to even try.  That attitude on the part of what is supposed to
> be a helpful mailing list, is discouraging, for obvious reasons.

If you want to try setting up a Dovecot server, there are lots of good
tutorials and other docs out there. I can probably dig up links to the
pages I used for setting up my system if you're interested. The wiki at
http://wiki.dovecot.org is very helpful.

NOTE: I'm not saying this is a setup that is guaranteed to work well for
you, but I'm very happy with it.


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