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How to configure dovecot as IMAP/POP server in RHEL4 ?

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I am willing to fetch all the mails from my gmail server using the fetchmail
and then create a local IMAP/POP server and acesss my mail via the thunderbird client,

after configuring the fetchmail it looks like it is creating a file 'mbox' in user's
$HOME directory, now how can I create the dovecot IMAP/POP server in my local host which
could let my access my mails on other client via thunderbird email clients? Thanks!
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by:sda100
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AFAIK, fetchmail is not a local delivery agent, and cannot deliver mail on it's own.  I think you'll find it's passing delivery off to postfix or sendmail.  This is where you should configure whether mail should be delivered in mbox or maildir format.

Steve :)
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Could you please let me know the steps to configure sendmail and then fetch mails from remote? :)
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I don't use Sendmail, but from looking around, it seems Sendmail cannot deliver to local mail boxes... you need to instruct Sendmail to use Procmail for that.  So it's looking like this at the moment:

fetchmail -> sendmail -> procmail -> (maildir mailbox)
I can't read the sendmail/procmail documentation for you, but from the stuff I *have* read, then somewhere in your sendmail.mc file, you need a line like this:

FEATURE(local_procmail)dnl
And you should add the following line to /etc/procmailrc:

DEFAULT=$HME/Maildir/
For my MTA I use Postfix, which *is* able to deliver mail locally so you don't need to use procmail (although there are good reasons for doing so if you want to filter incoming mail etc.).


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Thanks :-)
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Correction to my above post...

DEFAULT=$HOME/Maildir/
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