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What is opt_fetchmail?

opt_fetchmail is an opt package for the Fli4L project. It installs Fetchmail in daemon mode to periodically fetch e-mails from one or more servers and forward them to a local or remote mail server. Such a mail server can for example be installed using the opt_extremail package.

This package requires a hard disk in the router. The installation process and configuration is fairly complex. This package is not meant for beginners.

Note: I am tired that some people, to whom I gave my software for free, are bitching about that it contains bugs, that I take too much time for providing updates or bugfixes or that I don't answer support requests or answer them arrogantly. Therefore I will, effective immediately, stop any support and further development. The packages will still be available for download as they currently exist, but I will no longer answer any emails, accept bug reports or even fix any bugs. There will be no adaptations to new versions of FlI4L unless I need them for myself, and in that latter case there will no updated documentation, if I make the updates available at all.

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  • can be configured by putting entries into a simple text configuration file.
  • can poll one or more POP3 servers
  • can poll one or more e-mail accounts
  • polling period configurable
  • can forward mails to any SMTP server
  • logging can go into a log file or to syslog

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You can download opt_fetchmail from the Fli4L homepage or from here. The last version that supports FlI4L 1.6.x is 0.1.3.

latest version / aktuelle Version
older versions / alte Versionen
(0.1.2 was an internal version / war eine interne Version.)

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Legal status

opt_fetchmail is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

opt_fetchmail is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License (GPL). for more details.

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last updated: 2012-10-14 twm
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