>> Fetchmail can run as a daemon, all by itself.
> Thanks for the suggestion.
> Will this work OK if I'm collecting mail from several sites?
> At present I've set the cron scripts to run at different times.
Mine does. My .fetchmailrc file has the details for several different
mailservices. Fetchmail runs as a background task and wakes up every X
seconds, stepping through the .fetchmailrc file one server at a time.
I posted an example of how it's set up a few days ago, in this thread.
NB: Don't set the interval too short. Service providers may start
blocking access for over-use. Or, another problem can be that your
fetchmail run might not finish completing before you ask it to do the
next run. I set mine for about 9 minute intervals.
> I think I occasionally get error messages that fetchmail
> has failed to collect mail from one site
> because it is still collecting from another site?
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