|| ||Rob Funk <rfunk-AT-funknet.net>|
|| ||Fetchmail 6.3.0 released|
|| ||Tue, 6 Dec 2005 22:49:46 -0500|
The Community Fetchmail team is happy to announce the release of
Fetchmail 6.3.0 as of 30 November, 2005.
More than two years after the previous formal 6.2.5 release, this
collects several dozen bug fixes, documentation, portability and IPv6
improvements and marks the beginning of a new "stable" 6.3.X branch
that will not change, except for bug fixes and documentation updates.
This is also the first major release from the new Community Fetchmail
maintenance team, which took over from longtime maintainer Eric S.
Raymond in June 2004. As a result of this change, the Fetchmail
home page moved to:
And the mailing list focus has moved to the lists hosted at Berlios,
Future versions of Fetchmail with new features or changes that affect
Fetchmail's behavior will be called 6.4.0 or 7.0.0 depending how large
the impact is. This means that we will not have "gold" releases any
more, but instead the 6.3.X release with the greatest X is usually the
Changes between Fetchmail 6.2.5 and 6.3.0:
The --netsec/-T options were removed. The --smtphost is now always
"localhost". fetchmail now uses automake. Internationalization now
requires gettext 0.14 to be installed separately. More than 140
user-visible changes were made, most of them bugfixes. Some
documentation and translation updates were made to improve stability
and protocol conformance, to improve bounce and warning messages, and
to improve portability.
(Note: for those who downloaded the .asc GnuPG signature file in the
first 23 hours after release, they will have seen "BAD signature". The
signature file was broken by the maintainer's last-minute change to
the NEWS file. A new signature file was uploaded on 2005-12-01 at
Fetchmail is a free, full-featured, robust, well-documented
remote-mail retrieval and forwarding utility intended to be used over
on-demand TCP/IP links (such as SLIP or PPP connections). It supports
every remote-mail protocol now in use on the Internet: POP2, POP3,
RPOP, APOP, KPOP, all flavors of IMAP, and ESMTP ETRN. It can even
support IPv6 and IPSEC.
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