This how-to is targeted at heavy shell and maildir users.
Goal is to setup a cronjob or script to fetch a remote pop3 box into a local maildir.
I’ll illustrate two methods, both operate on SSL-wrapped POP3 on port 995.
A passwort might be stored in plaintext, which is less cool, or in a password manager of your choice. To interface with the mail fetcher, its expected to be able to retrieve the password via external command.
For reference, i use the
secrets get command from my personal setup.
Feel free to hook in your own secrets management.
Create a config file in
~/.getmail/, you can freely choose its name:
[retriever] type = SimplePOP3SSLRetriever server = mail.example.com username = nero password_command = ("/home/nero/bin/secrets","get","email@example.com") [destination] type = Maildir path = ~/Maildir/ [options] delete = true
To make getmail use the config file, use
getmail -r $NAME of config file.
I use a self-compiled busybox on many hosts. Before trying this, check if your installed version of busybox has the popmaildir applet.
Create a script with the following contents:
( # username: echo nero # password: secrets get firstname.lastname@example.org ) | busybox popmaildir Mail -- openssl s_client -quiet -connect mail.example.com:995
This applet uses the
openssl command as SSL-able netcat.
Some providers require the full email address to be sent as user name.