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    Default Getmail configuration

    Hello,

    This is my first post and I have done all manner of searching on this to no avail.

    I am trying to install getmail after having issues with fetchmail and a multidrop address. This is a home/learning server running on CentOS 4.4 and Zimbra 4.0.3.

    Getmail askes for the path to the MDA. I provided:

    path = /opt/zimbra/postfix/sbin/postfix

    But get an error:

    msg 1/1 (700474 bytes), delivery error (command postfix 29696 error (1, ))
    1 messages retrieved, 0 skipped

    What should the path to my MDA be?

    Thanks,

    Kent

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    I don't think you can use getmail because Zimbra dosn't have a MailDir.

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    According to the getmail docs, it will work with a good number of mail functions:

    • Maildir — deliver all messages to a local qmail-style maildir
    • Mboxrd — deliver all messages to a local mboxrd-format mbox file with fcntl-type locking.
    • MDA_external — use an external message delivery agent (MDA) to deliver messages. Typical MDAs include maildrop, procmail, and others.
    • MultiDestination — unconditionally deliver messages to multiple destinations (maildirs, mbox files, external MDAs, or other destinations).
    • MultiSorter — sort messages according to the envelope recipient (requires a domain mailbox retriever) and deliver to a variety of maildirs, mbox files, external MDAs, or other destinations based on regular expressions matching the recipient address of each message. Messages not matching any of the regular expressions are delivered to a default "postmaster" destination.
    • MultiGuesser — sort messages according to addresses found in the message's header fields and deliver to a variety of maildirs, mbox files, external MDAs, or other destinations based on regular expressions matching those addresses. Messages not matching any of the regular expressions are delivered to a default "postmaster" destination.
    • MDA_qmaillocal — use qmail-local to deliver messages according to instructions in a .qmail file.
    I am looking at the external MDA in particular, I think. Perhaps I am wrong there too. At any rate, I know getmail works with Zimbra as a search returns strings in which people have it working.

    I do have it pulling the mail, just not handing it off to Zimbra like fetchmail did ***sometimes***. 8^)

    Thanks,

    Kent

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    I did try getmail some while back and I got it working but for the life of me can't remember what I did. Useful, huh.

    What is the problem that you're trying to solve? I'm not an expert with fetchmail but I find it hard to believe that getmail would do something fetchmail wouldn't.
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    Bill,

    I am sorry to leave you hanging. I was called out of town for work at the beginning of November and had to let this rest.

    I now can't recall all of the issues presented by fetchmail but it was not pulling all messages from the ISP POP3 account and delivering them accurately. After googling and reading up on the app, somewhere I saw a recommendation for Getmail and decided to give it a shot.

    Do you know what the MDA path is for Postfix?

    Thanks,

    Kent

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    Hi

    When I had it working it sends directly to Zimbra (but uses sendmail as a fallback, IIRC, to pass mail to zimbra). There's been a change since you've been away. The next version of Zimbra now has a feature that will pull the mail from an external account and put it in your mailbox, it's on each users mailbox options. You'll probably find that easier to use than trying to set-up an external application. It's not available until the next major update to 4.5 but that's available now as a beta for the OSS version, you might like to ty thta. I've installed 4.5 and pulling from external accounts works fine.
    Last edited by phoenix; 12-29-2006 at 11:51 PM. Reason: slightly wrong description
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    Default Exteranl Connector

    Glad to hear that 4.5 will have an external connector. I used GFI to pull mail when I used Exchange.

    We have alot of storms on the East Cost and loose power a few times a year. I have backup email accounts for all my Project Managers and other VIP's. These backup accounts are the free accounts from our web hosting company (company web site.) They are limited to 10 megs, but when our power goes out email is routed to the other email server and GFI pulls them when we are back online. I was wondering how to do this with zimbra.
    EricX

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