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I checked the manual of fetchmail, all it mentioned was SOCKS_CONF, but what is the format of that config file?

And how do I know if my fetchmail is configured with --with-socks, fetchmail -V doesn't say anything related.

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In case it's not compiled-in, this TOR documentation mentions two ways (plain tsocks or socat via fetchmail's plugin directive) for using fetchmail through SOCKS. – sr_ Nov 24 '12 at 9:38
Have a look at this mailing list thread discussing fetchmail and SOCKS, it's pretty informative (it doesn't tell how /etc/socks.conf is supposed to look like, though). – sr_ Nov 24 '12 at 10:00

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