user specific startup

Paul Howarth paul at
Fri Sep 3 06:19:46 UTC 2004

On Fri, 2004-09-03 at 00:16, Steven Stern wrote:
> I want to run fetchmail under my user account at startup.  What's the best way
> to launch it?
> I tried using cron with "fetchmail -d 600", but that generates errors for all
> subsequent invocations.
> Where can I put init entries for specific, non-root accounts?

Can't you just run a cron job like this:

*/12 * * * * fetchmail >> $HOME/mail/fetchmail.log 2>&1

That would collect your mail every 12 minutes. Works for any user.

Paul Howarth <paul at>

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