Can't believe that after 15 years in Unix land, I've never had a change
to use fetchmail. Very cool program.
I was introduced to it because a client requested that they have their
Hotmail folded into their real Inbox. Not having a Hotmail account, I
had to go down the path of determining what kind of mail download
protocol(s) they supported and then how to use fetchmail to pass it
though the MTA.
Of course, after digging around on the Hotmail site, I realized that no
protocols appeared to be supported - even with the paid accounts.
Newsgroup searching made me some to the sinking realization that they
are trying the same crap they pulled with Exchange: building a
proprietary protocol into Outlook Express that only works with
Hotmail/MSN, and vise-versa. Very uncool.
Thankfully, the HotWay project has engineered a POP-to-HTTPMail proxy
(hotwayd). Using this and fetchmail, we are able to satisfy the
But it got me thinking: Could this bastard protocol be added to
fetchmail's repertoire? I - of course - fear legitimizing the protocol.
But it would remove the need for setting up a daemon just to do the
conversion - which can be confusing for new users.
This isn't a feature request - I may do the work myself. But I'm just
wondering if this idea been floated before? If there's no chance of it
being integrated, or the patch being put up, it may not be worth
Thanks much for the great program,
Strongbox Network Services Inc.
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