Mutt Help

Don Read dread at
Tue Oct 2 14:10:58 PDT 2007

On Tue, 2 Oct 2007 13:37:11 -0700 Bill Campbell said:

> On Wed, Oct 03, 2007, andrew clarke wrote:
> >On Sun, Sep 30, 2007 at 05:54:37PM -0700, Rem P Roberti wrote:
> >
> >By default, Fetchmail will put your mail wherever $MAIL points to. 
> >Usually this is in a file named /var/mail/username, where username is
> >your login name.
> I thought that the default for fetchmail was to pass the messages
> to the system's MTA (postfix, sendmail, etc.), not to attempt
> delivery itself.
> Bill

       As each message is retrieved, fetchmail normally delivers it  via  SMTP
       to  port 25 on the machine it is running on (localhost), just as though
       it were being passed in over a normal TCP/IP link.  fetchmail  provides
       the  SMTP  server  with  an  envelope  recipient  derived in the manner
       described previously.  The mail will then be delivered locally via your
       system's  MDA (Mail Delivery Agent, usually sendmail(8) but your system
       may use a different one such as smail, mmdf, exim, postfix, or  qmail).
       All  the  delivery-control mechanisms (such as .forward files) normally
       available through your system MDA and local delivery agents will there-
       fore work automatically.

       If  no  port 25 listener is available, but your fetchmail configuration
       was told about a reliable local MDA, it will use  that  MDA  for  local
       delivery instead.

$ man fetchmail

Don Read                                      dread at
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