I configured fetchmail to fetch my mails per IMAP. After I start fetchmail everything is fine (see in debug-mode that mails are successfully downloaded).

The Problem is: I expect so find my mails in $HOME/Mails, but these folder does not exists afterwards.

I have two questions:

  • Where are the mails (fetched by fetchmail) stored? (Ubuntu 16.04)
  • How can I configure this folder?

Here is my .fetchmailrc:

set postmaster "defel"
set bouncemail
set no spambounce
set softbounce
set properties ""
set daemon 60
poll $imapserver with proto IMAP
    user 'username' there with password 'password' is 'username@imapserver.com' here ssl sslcertck
  • username@imapserver.com should be your local user name. The mail will be delivered to your local SMTP server. Personally I prefer to deliver to procmail which sorts the mail into folders. – Kusalananda May 7 '17 at 19:52
  • @Kusalananda thanks for clarifing this. Changed 'username@imapserver.com' to my local username. But ~/Mail still does not exists. – alwe May 8 '17 at 22:03
  • If it's delivered to your SMTP server (exim or whatever you're running), I'd expect the mails to be stored in /var/mail/username or /var/spool/mail/username unless you have reconfigured it to deliver elsewhere. – Kusalananda May 8 '17 at 22:06
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    Why would you think it would go to ~/Mails? – psusi May 8 '17 at 22:27
  • @Kusalananda These folders were also empty. @psusi I expected to get them in ~/Mails, bc afair it was so also 10 years ago, when I used fetchmail the last time. I tried now getmail which worked perfectly for my usecase (getting mails to $HOME) – alwe May 15 '17 at 10:10

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