starting fetch mail when system boots up

Don Russell fedora at
Thu May 25 04:04:24 UTC 2006

Ed Greshko wrote:
> Don Russell wrote:
>> Ed Greshko wrote:
>> [snip]
>>> Don't use fetchmail....but couldn't this be done just as easily as a
>>> cron job without using daemon mode?
>> Why not use fetchmail? What do you recommend?
> Ooopss  mistype... "I don't use fetchmail..."  sorry.

np :-)

>> Yes, I suppose it could be done via cron... but my view is, given the
>> frequency of use why spend all that time loading the program, just load
>> it once and let it run... if the memory pages are needed it will get
>> swapped out... I figure use the features of the product... it supports
>> daemon mode and so it's reasonably intuitive how to change the frequency
>> (period) of polling the various pop3 accounts.
> Then go the rc.local route...  Many ways to slay the same cat....  I
> guess the little time needed to load programs on my system doesn't
> bother me.

Sounds like rc.local is the key I was looking for :-)

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