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getmail - retrieve messages from one or more POP3, IMAP4, or SDPS mailboxes and

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getmail - retrieve messages from one or more POP3, IMAP4, or SDPS mailboxes and deliver to a maildir, mboxrd-format mbox file, or external MDA


getmail [ OPTION] ...


getmail can retrieve messages from POP3, IMAP4, and SDPS mailboxes. SSL-wrapped POP3 and IMAP are also supported. Single-user and domain (multi-drop) mailboxes are supported.
getmail has built-in support for delivering to maildirs, mboxrd-format mbox files, and external MDAs.


show program's version number and exit
-h, --help
show a short usage summary and exit
-gDIR, --getmaildir=DIR
look in DIR for config/data files
-rFILE, --rcfile=FILE
load configuration from FILE (may be given multiple times)
dump configuration and exit (debugging)
print extended trace information (extremely verbose)
maintain connection and listen for new messages in FOLDER . This flag will only work if a single rc file is given, and will only work on IMAP connections where the server supports IMAP4 IDLE (RFC 2177).
The following options override any in the configuration file(s).
-v, --verbose
operate more verbosely (can be given multiple times)
-q, --quiet
do not print informational messages
-d, --delete
delete messages from server after retrieving
-l, --dont-delete
do not delete messages from server after retrieving
-a, --all
retrieve all messages
-n, --new
retrieve only unread messages


Written by Charles Cazabon.


Report bugs to <>.
IMPORTANT: include the output of getmail [options] --dump with any bug report. Copyright © 1998-2009 Charles Cazabon
This is free software; see the file COPYING for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


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August 2004 getmail 4