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Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell by Jason McIntosh, Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone, Andy Lester

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Name

fetchmail

Synopsis

fetchmail [options] [servers
                     ...]

Retrieves mail from mail servers and forwards it to the local mail delivery system. fetchmail retrieves mail from servers that support the common mail protocols POP2, POP3, IMAP2bis, and IMAP4. Messages are delivered via SMTP through port 25 on the local host and through your system's mail delivery agent (such as sendmail), where they can be read through the user's mail client. fetchmail settings are stored in the ~/.fetchmailrc file. Parameters and servers can also be set on the command line, which will override settings in the .fetchmailrc file. For a complete list of options, refer to the fetchmail manpage.

Common options

-a, --all

Retrieve all messages from server, even those that have already been seen but left on the server. The default is to retrieve only new messages.

-A type, --auth type

Specify the type of authentication. type may be password, kerberos_v5, or kerberos. Authentication type is usually established by fetchmail by default, so this option isn't very useful.

-B n, --fetchlimit n

Set the maximum number of messages (n) accepted from a server per query.

-b n, --batchlimit n

Set the maximum number of messages sent to an SMTP listener per connection. When this limit is reached, the connection is broken and reestablished. The default of 0 means no limit.

-c, --check

Check for mail on a single server without retrieving or deleting messages. Works with IMAP, but does not work well with other protocols, if at all. ...

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