Comments on 2013-08-02 Fetchmail and Gmail

“Seen” are emails in the inbox that fetchmail knows about – it probably caches the headers/msg ids locally, pop3 doesn’t really support this, but clients can hack around. So, basically, if you have emails lingering in the GMail Inbox, they will be listed over and over again whenever you poll via pop3. This may be clearer if you switch to a protocol that actually considers syncing mailboxes and state, i.e. IMAP rather than pop to get your messages from GMail.

– Harald 2013-08-02 21:05 UTC


Incorrect Harald. The same thing happens with IMAP, except I have 740,000 messages in my inbox!

fetchmail: skipping message webalert@cldssinc.com@gmail-imap.l.google.com:739191 not flushed
fetchmail: skipping message webalert@cldssinc.com@gmail-imap.l.google.com:739192 not flushed
fetchmail: skipping message webalert@cldssinc.com@gmail-imap.l.google.com:739193 not flushed

Is there a better solution than using fetchmail? It seems to be very wasteful when polling, maybe there is something I am missing.

poll imap.gmail.com protocol IMAP and I use ssl and idle options

Rad 2013-10-24 18:25 UTC


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