Dan Peterson <dbpete(_at_)aol(_dot_)com>:
I've been using fetchmail 5.2.7 on HP-UX for quite a while without
problems. Several times I've tried to upgrade to the latest version, but
had problems and since I didn't have time to look into it, just stuck with
The problem I've encountered with versions > 5.2.7, is that the mail is
never retrieved. Looking at the log output, it's clear the messages are
available, but it appears fetchmail thinks it's already seen them.
As I look at the verbose output, it seems the "SEARCH" command (or lack
there of) may be the source of the problem. Did fetchmail start using the
SEARCH command in versions > 5.2.7?
Yes, the key line in your log is
fetchmail: IMAP< A0004 NO Command 'SEARCH' not supported
Versions of fetchmail after 5.3.6 moved to using SEARCH UNSEEN rather than
querying individual message flags.
The IMAP server is a proprietary server, so it's quite possible it doesn't
support all the IMAP commands. If this is something the IMAP server is
doing incorrectly, I can pass on the appropriate information to the
developer, but I suspect it will be quite some time before changes can be
If it claims to be IMAP2bis or 4 and doesn't support SEARCH, it's broken.
Yours is the first report I've had of a problem with this.
Is there some way to get the 5.2.7 behavior without downgrading to 5.2.7?
<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.
-- Mohandas Gandhi