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Tue Jun 4 12:17:20 MDT 2013

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4.10 POP3 Support (OPTIONAL)

If Mutt was compiled with POP3 support (by running the configure
script with the --enable-pop flag), it has the ability to work with
mailboxes located on a remote POP3 server and fetch mail for local

You can access the remote POP3 mailbox by selecting the folder

You can select an alternative port by specifying it with the server,
ie: pop://popserver:port/.

You can also specify different username for each folder, ie:

Polling for new mail is more expensive over POP3 than locally. For
this reason the frequency at which Mutt will check for mail remotely
can be controlled by the $pop_checkinterval variable, which defaults
to every 60 seconds.

If Mutt was compiled with SSL support (by running the configure script
with the --with-ssl flag), connections to POP3 servers can be
encrypted. This naturally requires that the server supports SSL
encrypted connections. To access a folder with POP3/SSL, you should
use pops: prefix, ie: pops://[username@]popserver[:port]/.

Another way to access your POP3 mail is the fetch-mail function
(default: G). It allows to connect to pop_host, fetch all your new
mail and place it in the local spoolfile. After this point, Mutt runs
exactly as if the mail had always been local.

Note: If you only need to fetch all messages to local mailbox you
should consider using a specialized program, such as fetchmail

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Another reader suggested downloading the mail via fetchmail.

The advantage of keeping the mail on the server over downloading it to
your local machine is that you can keep it in one place, and access it
from a bunch of different machines. The advantage of IMAP over POP is
that you can keep your mail folders on the server also, and thus keep
a well organized set of mail regardless of how you access it.

You can use the trick suggested by someone else in the group for
fetchmail of doing a "tunnel" to access your mail using any tool. Not
just fetchmail. I wont waste bandwith with a complete description, but
if you cant figure it out contact me offline and I can help.

Phil Rasch, Climate Modeling Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Mail     --> P.O. Box 3000, Boulder CO 80307  
Shipping --> 1850 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305
email: pjr at, Web: Phone:303-497-1368, FAX: 303-497-1324 

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