Posted Jun 17, 2004 16:31 UTC (Thu) by larryr
In reply to: fetchmail
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction
I'm interested in why you hate fetchmail.
Put succinctly, because I think it does not make simple things simple.
For example I would expect what I consider to be a trivial thing,
get new messages from a POP account and put them into a Maildir,
to be trivially simple, essentially something like
fetchmail --mailbox /my/maildir/path/ pop3://username:password@host
For me, getting fetchmail to do this was far from trivial,
but then I have to admit I do not find the fetchmail user interface (command line options and configuration file) to be at all intuitive, so I may not be understanding. I found that fetchmail did not seem to be happy about running multiple instances at once, about delivering directly to a Maildir, about having multiple independent POP accounts on the same host, and about running without a configuration file, all things which I think should just work right out of the box for a program called "fetchmail".
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