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

On Friday 18 December 2015 10:19:46 Petter Adsen wrote:

> 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.

ISTR I looked there, but it didn't come across as being for a rank 
beginner who has never used an imap client before.  But I'll look again. 
What I would like to see is something I can waste some paper printing it 
out, so I can put highliter pen checkmarks on it as its done.

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

And I was confused, I meant dovecot, not icedove, and whose magic crystal 
ball issues these names anyway? :)  icedove is of course t-bird, without 
the branding.

Thanks Petter.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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