Re: T-bird pop mail files -

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On 26/06/10 20:39, Tim wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-06-26 at 13:19 -0400, Bob Goodwin wrote:
>    
>> This probably is not the best or right solution for everyday use. I
>> don't question your advise. But really, once I get the F-13 computer
>> set up it becomes my primary e-mail box and there will be no further
>> need to transfer t-bird files between them.
>>      
> Until the next update, or some big problem rears its head...
>    

        Update? I assumed it is something I will have to do with a new
        Fedora release? Problems happen, all kinds. I just struggle with
        them. If I can't fix them I do without a function perhaps ...


>> I tried IMAP a few months ago, it worked but was not the right
>> choice for me. Number one, I could never get dovecot working to
>> store mail locally. That meant whenever I wanted to read an e-mail
>> it had to come from Wildblue via Gmail and I worry about it eating
>> up my allotted bandwidth, especially when one of my correspondents
>> would do a reply and include a large image file, a photo usually,
>> and that might repeat several times!
>>      
> How were you expecting to get remote mail into the local system?
>    

        Pop3 or IMAP, if it is stored locally I only have to transfer
        all those image bits one time. What happens is people do "reply
        to" without even thinking about removing the large image files
        and with a large group those might come to me several times and
        I agonize over the bandwidth it eats. I guess a "local" mail
        server won't solve that completely but if I read a message
        several time without the local server, each time I access it it
        probably gets sent from the gmail server burning up my b.w.?


> IMAP stores mail in some mail folder (the root filename is up to you,
> and I can't recall the default), but it's separate from wherever your
> mail client keeps its copies (if it does keep a cache).  And you'd
> configure your client to use that local mail service.  As I recall, this
> aspect of it is already set up to do its trick, by default.
>
>    

        It probably was set up to do it by default, but don't
        underestimate my ability to screw things up. I couldn't get it
        to work, all my mail had to come off the gmail server. Perhaps
        starting with a fresh F-13 installation I may be able to get it
        to work. I will try again in the near future.


> Then, to bring external mail in, you can either use your mail client,
> configured for multiple mail servers (and drag and drop, or filter
> automatically, mail between servers).  Or, you could leave fetchmail
> running as a daemon, polling the remote servers periodically, and
> downloading mail to your local inbox.
>    

        I have one computer I uses as a file server, it would be neat if
        I could store the IMAP mail there and read it from any computer
        on our home LAN.


> I do the latter.  I have a ~/.fetchmailrc file that has all my remote
> mail server details (addresses, logon info).  And my /etc/rc.local has a
> line in like this:
>
>    su tim -c "/usr/bin/fetchmail -d 900"
>
> So that as soon as the server fires up, it's dragging in mail every 15
> minutes.
>
> Then, you could do something that I've not got around to doing, as well:
> Having a script sort your mail into folders, as it comes in, rather than
> have your mail client do it.
>    

        Apparently there is a reason to do this, better in some way than
        the Thunderbird filters that I have been making good use of for
        some time?

        Thanks.

        Bob


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