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

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at
Tue Dec 24 19:32:17 UTC 2013

Quoting Michael Schwendt <mschwendt at>:

> 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
> available.
>>    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.

   hmmm ... i may try that. i assume that, with this approach, i
won't need to install sendmail, correct? and if i choose to use
procmail, will this simply deliver mail for me locally even
before i start to configure my procmail rules? thanks.


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