how to set up my "fetchmail" on f20 without sendmail?

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Tue Dec 24 19:10:23 UTC 2013

On Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:55:14 -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

>    finally getting around to building my new f20 machine and, as i
> read it, f20 now ships without sendmail.

By default. Of course, you could install sendmail, which is still
>    so far, to match what i've used for years, i've installed on my
> f20 box:
>    * alpine
>    * fetchmail
> and i've copied over from my old (ubuntu) system the relevant files:
>    * .addressbook{,.lu}
>    * .pinerc
>    * .fetchmailrc
> i can check that there is mail waiting at my ISP with:
>    $ fetchmail -c
> and sure enough, there's a pile of mail there. however, not
> surprisingly, if i try to fetch it, i get:
> fetchmail: Connection errors for this poll:
> name 0: connection to localhost:smtp [::1/25] failed: Connection refused.
> name 1: connection to localhost:smtp [] failed: Connection  
> refused.
> fetchmail: SMTP connect to localhost failed
> since (obviously), without sendmail, nothing is listening on port
> 25. so what's the solution these days? a pointer to a web page
> somewhere would work just fine. thanks.

Depends on whether you need sendmail for how you use fetchmail.
I run fetchmail with option   mda "/usr/bin/procmail -t -f -"
to deliver (and filter) via procmail.

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