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Posted on 05-12-2005 06:12 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

>Is it possible to use one of the mail packages in linux to suck the mail out
of >an online web-based e-mail account? and how would you set it up?

If the e-mail account is only web-based, a "mail" package wouldn't work to
grab the mail, as the protocols are two very different beasts. Accessing
regular e-mail is done via the POP or IMAP mailbox protocols, whereas the web
uses HTTP. So unless the mail is also accessible via a mailbox protocol as
well as via a browser, you'd have to create your own custom program to scarf
it,and I doubt that writing that kind of program would be quick or easy.
Otherwise, you could use fetchmail, pine, mutt, or any one of a dozen or so
mail clients to get it.

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