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Re: getting email offline in Emacs

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: getting email offline in Emacs
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:30:36 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Danny YUE <> writes:

> On 2017-04-05 15:56, Eric Abrahamsen <> wrote:
>> Danny YUE <> writes:
>>> 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
>>> automatically.
>>> 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.
>> And often recommend isync instead of offlineimap!
> Never heard of it ;-)
> Seriously, how is it compared to getmail?

To be honest, I have no idea. I heard more than a few people say it was
more reliable and less resource-hungry than offlineimap, but I don't
know anything about getmail...

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