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is there a program out there that can download mail from an imap account to a local machine for local reading with a program like mutt? I'm finding the whole fetchmail/sendmail/procmail pipeline setup to be a bit much, but I still want to use the maildir or mbox format that unix is designed around. I also don't want to use the built in imap code mutt has because I don't want to have mutt running constantly just to check my mail.


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There is no alternative. The only thing you can do is to eliminate Sendmail. Fetchmail and procmail is everything you need. See this excellent post on how to accomplish this:

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There is an alternative called getmail.

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getmail was the solution for me. It doesn't clear the 'unread' flag after retrieving messages from the server, whereas fetchmail does. – Steve HHH Mar 8 '13 at 17:23

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