[clug] Thunderbird and 'fetchmail' support removed. Pointers?
sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Tue Oct 22 23:21:44 MDT 2013
steve jenkin wrote on 21/10/13 4:32 PM:
> I wanted to manage my own inbound Maildirs for some accounts, not
> connect to remote servers with the usual SMTP and POP3/IMAP.
> It seems that Thunderbird has silently removed support for 'fetchmail'
> type programs in its latest series [some time back from my searching].
> - Does anyone use a current GUI email client that supports direct
> updating of INBOX files by 'fetchmail' or similar?
> - If anyone has hacked current T'bird to support 'fetchmail', how did
> they do it?
> - If not, anyone got pointers on simple SMTP & POP3 servers I can run
> on the local host (on a loopback address), preferably not as super-user?
I didn't say this was for OS/X.
Brett Worth sent me a nice screen grab of how to do it in Linux...
Fair enough for a Linux List.
For the record, here's what's needed for OS/X. For Linux, it's all there
and working, just make sure you're in the 'mail' group (/etc/group via
tested with commandline: 'date|mailx -s test $USER'
It seems Thunderbird _knows_ where the system user mailboxes are
(/var/mail, /usr/spool/mail, ...) and _only_ looks there.
Can't point it to a random directory/file.
Step 1. found 'movemail.rdf' in T'bird 1.5, copied to 3.18 directory,
now see 'Movemail' option
Apparently no longer shipped in OS/X build.
sudo cp -p
Step 2. redacted. [see below]
Step 3. useradd $USER mail.
--> OS/X uses LDAP/netInfo for normal account info, not the /etc/ files
(which do have content as well)
mini-mac:Downloads steve$ sudo dscl . -append /Groups/mail
mini-mac:Downloads steve$ dscl . -read /Groups/mail
GroupMembership: _teamsserver steve
This page, for Ubuntu, suggested the next step, setting dir to System
Step 2. Set directory to /var/mail...
Not happening yet [can't browse there in T'bird]
[I made this work by putting a symlink to /var/mail in my Home
directory. T'bird displayed it and followed it...]
==> NO!!! BAD advice... exactly the wrong place.
Drops 'Inbox' directories, files there, the whole box and dice...
--> Movemail knows where to find the spool file, don't have to do anything.
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