Configuring Fetchmail

After you have installed Fetchmail, you must create the file .fetchmaiirc in your home directory, which provides the configuration for the Fetchmail program.

You can create and subsequently edit the .fetchmaiirc file by using any text editor. The configuration file is straightforward and quite easy to create; the following sections explain the manual method for creating and editing the file. The information presented in the following sections does not discuss all the options available in the .fetchmaiirc file, but covers the most common ones needed to get a basic Fetchmail installation up and running. You must use a text editor to create the file to include entries like the ones shown as examplesmodified for your personal information, of course. For advanced configuration, see the man page for Fetchmail. The man page is well written and documents all the configuration options in detail.

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