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Re: [Nmh-workers] SMTP/IMAP/POP Support

From: Michael Richardson
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] SMTP/IMAP/POP Support
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:03:08 -0500

>>>>> "ben" == ben  <address@hidden> writes:
    ben> What do people use SMTP/IMAP/POP features for?  Don't fetchmail
    ben> and sendmail cover this?

I have little use for SMTP except to localhost, and I never understood
why /usr/sbin/sendmail for submit wasn't good enough.  yeah, in the
olden days of 8Mbyte sun3s, running a local MTA was expensive... 

As for incoming POP, I never really used it. For along time I had a hack
to inc/spopd such that inc would run "ssh mailserver spopd --stdin", but
this was in the day before SSL for POP and IMAP.

fetchmail is okay, and I use it like:

  fetchmail --proto POP3 --mda "/usr/lib/mh/rcvstore -sequence novavision 
+inbox" --logfile /var/tmp/nvmail.log mail.novavision.ca

but, I'd rather that this was a little more integrated.  Perhaps patches
to both NMH and fetchmail.  (In particular, I'd like to run all my mail
fetches in parallel, and I think that recvstore does not do any locking)

Others would like to access an IMAP server using nmh.  I concur with
this use, but I'd also like to do the reverse:  access the email on my
laptop via IMAP from *insert-favorite-mobile-device*.  (that's what
end-to-end networking is about...)  Not just my inbox, but in fact all
my email archives, the first ten years of which is not on my laptop at

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