Re: [Evolution] Using Evolution with fetchmail and procmail?

On Sat, 2002-09-07 at 03:40, David Marsh wrote:
Hi list,

Given all the attention that Evolution has been getting of late, I'd
like to try it out with consideration to using it as my main mailer
(given that it does *look* rather nice!).

I currently fetch my mail (from various accounts) using fetchmail, and
filter it using procmail.

However, I'm stumped as to how (or if?) I can get Evolution to fit in to
this setup? I have tried searching for information on this, but haven't
come up with anything. I apologise if this is an FAQ.

If it is possible to use Evolution with fetchmail and procmail, could
somebody perhaps explain to me (in simple terms!) how I can do this?

In particular:

What mailbox format should I tell Evolution that it should be looking
for (and therefore the format that I should ask procmail to deliver mail
in), given that Evolution seems to support various different mail

Where should I have procmail deliver mail to?
I tried using Evolution with my existing MH-style folders in ~/Mail, but
it didn't seem able to see anything? Similarly, asking procmail to
deliver mail (in MH-format) to ~/evolution/local/ didn't seem to work

if you want to do this, you should use/wait for 1.2 to be released, it
will handle this directly, although id strongly recommend you use
maildir format rather than mh.  even mailbox format - anything but mh.

also note that 1.0.x (perhaps 1.0.5, 1.0.8 definetly) has some support
to do this with maildir format directories, although it isn't as nice as
the 1.2 code (it doesn't recognise new mail as automatically).  but not
for mh or mailbox, they weren't added till later.

"How" should I have procmail deliver mail to <wherever> in such a method
that Evolution can understand it? The only potential clue that I have
gleaned so far from my web searches seems to be about having Evolution
access folders on a local IMAP server, but this would be an additional
layer of complexity that I would prefer not to have to (and don't know
how to) set up if I can avoid it.

setting up imap is pretty easy.  just install it and logon using your
account, you'll be able to see the mail.  although it might need a
mailbox format change.

if u dont want to use evo to filter, imap is the simplest approach (if
your imap server uinderstands mh dirs u dont need to change any of you
existing setup either, andcan test evolution non-destructively too).

I'm using Evolution 1.0.5 (ie, the version distributed with..) under
Debian 'woody' 3.0r0 if this is relevant.

Thanks for any advice,


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