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I want to get my corp IMAP mails using fetchmail to local machine and want to access all my mails using mail client(thunderbird) by local machine,
How can I make my local machine IMAP server and get all my corp mails from corp IMAP mail server using fetchmail.

Later I want to access all my mails from my laptop(using thuderbird).

I want a setup as follows.

corp mail IMAP server <=> local IMAP server(using fetchmail to get my mails <=> access mails from my laptop using thunderbird and give local IMAP server IP in thunderbird

how can I achieve this scenario ?
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by:gheist
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Thunderbird can hold all the messages intact on client, just look around map options. No interim server needed.
Fetchmail basically injects mail into using /usr/bin/sendmail, your picture thus misses postfix/exim/sendmail - MTA

Actually try thunderbirds options first - result looks more straightforward.
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what is thunderbird 'map' option ? i couldn't find it in account-settings.
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Mistyped. I mean IMAP account options regarding offline storage on local machine.
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actually why I need to above mentioned setup because my mail has space limit.

So  I want to fetch(do not leave copy of mail at corp mail server) all the mails and then using local mail server I will read my mails and will keep in sync.

Please let me know if there is other better way to achieve this.
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POP3 has option to delete messages from server after month or so.
That relies on UIDL working correctly on server (Exchange is incorrect in regard)

fetchmail's --ssl option does imaps, stls and whatever crypto needed.
-S shows smtp host to send to ( 127.0.0.1 would suffice with default installed exim/postfix/sendmail whatever)
--smttpname user@host -> whom to send mail

Its all in fetchmails manual page.

Let me recommend very lightweight dovecot pop3 for your local system.
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