[rt-users] fetchmailrc

mjames at guesswho.com mjames at guesswho.com
Fri Nov 18 14:46:12 EST 2011

Knowledge that I'd like to document for the list. By trial and error, on Centos 5 I've found that you should use single quotes if your password contains special characters such as '$'. Double-quotes didn't work. I also found (thx, Google) that in Exchange 2007 plaintext password authentication is disabled by default, but it can be turned on (assuming that POP3 is enabled on Exchange server in the 1st place) http://msexchangetips.blogspot.com/2007/11/exchange-2007-pop3-err-command-is-not.html and many others.

Also, I think you can use secure POP3 (port 995) but it seems I would need a version of fetchmail with SSL compiled in. The stock version that comes with Centos 5.7 doesn't. Nor does it have NTLM compiled in. NTLM can be used with IMAP (secure port 993) if I understand correctly.

[root at tracker ~]# fetchmail -V
fetchmail: WARNING: Running as root is discouraged.
This is fetchmail release 6.3.21+HESIOD+NLS.

Our Exchange server does have OWA (outlook web access), and I've found two tools that can access mailboxes via OWA - DavMail and FetchExc.


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This is what we use (pulling emails from a gmail account, hence the 995 port)
set postmaster "ronen"
set daemon 600
pool pop.gmail.com with proto pop3 user 'xx at gmail.com' there with password 'XXXXXXX' is user5 here options ssl

crontab for user rt:
5,15,25,35,45,55 * * * * /usr/bin/fetchmail -d 0 -P 995 -ssl -smtpname xx at gmail.com<mailto:xx at gmail.com> -u xx at gmail.com<mailto:xx at gmail.com> pop.gmail.com -f fetchmail.test 2>&1 > /dev/null


poll pop.gmail.com    proto pop3:
username "xx at gmail.com<mailto:xx at gmail.com>"             password "XXXXXXXX"   mda "/opt/rt4/bin/rt-mailgate --url http://cm-help --queue CM --action correspond"


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Subject: Re: [rt-users] fetchmailrc

Shouldnt you have "s around your user name?

the only difference I have in mine is

user "username" pass "password" to user here

tho our mailserver auths with full domain.

On 11/16/2011 12:49 PM, mjames at guesswho.com<mailto:mjames at guesswho.com> wrote:
Using fetchmail for 1st time to collect mail from an Exchange server.
Exchange 2010
RT 4.0.1
Centos 5.7
fetchmail release 6.3.21+HESIOD+NLS.

Here's my /opt/rt4/etc/fetchmailrc:

poll mail.domain.com  proto pop3:
user trackrequests there with password 'cleverly removed' is kiss here  mda "/opt/rt4/bin/rt-mailgate --url http://xtracker.domain.com. --queue General --action correspond"

When I invoke fetchmail -f /opt/rt4/etc/fetchmailrc, it appends "@mail.domain.com" to the username, whereas the correct user is trackrequests at domain.com<mailto:trackrequests at domain.com>.

If I specify user trackrequests at domain.com<mailto:trackrequests at domain.com> in the fetchmailrc file, then fetchmail turns it into trackrequests at domain.com@mail.domain.com<mailto:trackrequests at domain.com@mail.domain.com>. For example:

[root at xtracker ~]# fetchmail -f /opt/rt4/etc/fetchmailrc
fetchmail: WARNING: Running as root is discouraged.
fetchmail: Authorization failure on trackrequests at domain.com@mail.domain.com<mailto:trackrequests at domain.com@mail.domain.com>
fetchmail: Query status=3 (AUTHFAIL)

I've googled for an answer, but haven't stumbled across it yet. Thanks for any help,


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