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Re: getting email offline in Emacs

From: Danny YUE
Subject: Re: getting email offline in Emacs
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:29:47 +0800
User-agent: mu4e 0.9.18; emacs 25.2.1

On 2017-04-05 10:20, Devin Prater <> wrote:
> Hi all. Now that I've become mostly entrenched into Emacs, I want to get
> away from straight up Imap gnus access. I want my mail to be fetched
> regularly, without me having to "get new gnus" all the time, and I want
> to be able to access that mail while offline. So, any way to do this? I
> can handle editing config files, if that’s what it’ll take. So, I want
> offline mail, with maybe a service checking the server every 5 or 10
> minutes for new mail, without me having to deal with it once it’s set, a
> little like how Thunderbird does it.

Hi Devin,

There are many sample configuration out there but I think you may need
some experiences as references. :-)

For me, I am using getmail + crontab to fetch my emails.
getmail uses POP3 protocol to download mails to my machine so that I can
visit them offline.
crontab is really handy if you want to do something regularly and

For Emacs side...well, I am using mu4e instead of gnus.
It is responsible to read my local mailbox and display them (i.e. as a
pure MUA).

Besides I use msmtp to send my email.

In conclusion, getmail and msmtp handles incoming and outgoing process,
so that I do not have to wait for Emacs to fetch...

P.S. I have not tried myself, but many people recommend OfflineIMAP
instead of getmail.

Good luck.


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