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fetchmailandvirginmediagmail [2010/07/27 16:12]
jim created
fetchmailandvirginmediagmail [2010/07/27 16:32] (current)
jim Solutions
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 I don't want my mails lurking on Virgin'​s or Google'​s servers, thanks. I know 8Gb is a lot, but it is finite and I don't want to find out what happens when I hit it. I don't want my mails lurking on Virgin'​s or Google'​s servers, thanks. I know 8Gb is a lot, but it is finite and I don't want to find out what happens when I hit it.
  
 +It turns out there are two ways around this. The first is to stick with ''​POP3''​ and prefix your username with ''​recent:''​ - so if, for example, your username for email at Virgin is ''​bear-cave'',​ specify ''​recent:​bear-cave''​ in your ''​fetchmail''​ setup. This causes deleted mail to be moved to the Gmail bin, and deleted after 30 days. But it has the significant snag that it downloads all undeleted emails from the last 30 days regardless of whether or not they'​ve been downloaded before. So all your emails from the last 30 days will be duplicated the first time you use this setting. To get round this, use the web mail interface to delete all the mails on the server, and then start.
  
 +The other option is to use the web mail interface to delete all the mails on the server, and then switch to retrieving via ''​IMAP''​. I've done this.
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 +I also noticed in passing that quite a few ''​fetchmail''​ sessions are failing because Gmail reports ''​Invalid back end''​ or an authentication failure.
  
  
 
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