Re: getmail/mutt noob questions
Glenn English wrote:
> mailServer == RPi3 Raspian Stretch (on a T1), IMAP
> mailReceiver == supermicro 64 bit Buster, mbox
> type = SimpleIMAPRetriever
> server = srv.slsware.net
> username = ghe
> password = <redacted>
> type = Mboxrd
> path = /var/mail/ghe
> verbose = 1
> # read_all = false
> # delete = true
> message_log_syslog = true
> They're running, but not quite
> 1) How do I get getmail to quit getting all the email on the server?
> In mutt, I delete all the unwanted mail, and getmail just puts it back
> next time I run it. And when I run it again, the emails are all in
> there twice.
sorry, i'm not able to dig into this more at the
moment but i can answer from the setup that i have
i set delete to true and use maildrop to put it
where i want it. maildrop can put copies in a second
place if you want to compare what you get to what was
sent (if you suspect you've accidentally filtered spam
have you tried running it with the -n option?
(get unread messages only?)
i use a script which looks in a directory for
files which say what mail accounts to get
the script looks like:
for file in rc-* ; do
exec /usr/bin/getmail -a $rcfiles $@
a file in that directory looks like:
verbose = 2
delete = true
delivered_to = false
received = false
type = SimplePOP3SSLRetriever
server = mail.someplace.com
username = email@example.com
port = 995
password = somepassword
#type = Maildir
#path = ~/.mutt/Maildir.test/
type = MDA_external
path = /usr/bin/maildrop
unixfrom = True
and then the maildrop file looks like:
if ( /^To:.*sales@someplace*/ )
elsif (/^To:.*test@someplace\.com>/ ))
> 2) Is there any documentation on getmail besides the man page and some
> howTo help on the web?
i didn't need it, didn't look...
> 3) I seem to remember, from long ago, something about mutt ignoring
> HTML email. Does it still? And if so, what does it do? Just pretend
> they don't exist, or just display the text, or delete the HTML part
> and display what's left? I don't see much about this in the man page,
> and most of the stuff on the web isn't dated.
you can set up mutt to do what you want it to based
upon the file type found.
i have a .mailcap file in my .mutt directory which
contains this entry:
text/html; lynx -dump -force_html %s; copiousoutput; description=HTML Text; nametemplate=%s.html
> 4) What do read_all, delete, and message_log_syslog mean?
seems self-explanatory to me, -a gets all messages,
-d delete messages from server after retrieving, -n
get unread messages only.