[Scottish] fetchmail

Martin McCarthy scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Fri Sep 5 00:41:00 2003

> if I type "fetchmail -a" manually, it works but the entry in the crontab
> doesnt work.
> The crontab entry looks like
> 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28
> ,29,
> 30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,5
> 5,56
> ,57,58,59 * * * * allan "/usr/bin/fetchmail -a"

Which user has that in their crontab?  Is it root?  What does the
"allan" command do on your machine?  I suspect that that is the part
that isn't working.

Have you tried an entry in allan's crontab that reads:

  * * * * * /usr/bin/fetchmail -a

> how do I run fetchmail once on startup as a certain user?

you could put a line or two in, for example (although this might vary by
what distribution you are using) /etc/rc.local that reads something

  su -c "your fetchmail command here" allan
  su -c "your fetchmail command here" otheruser

> One last thing which I am particularly proud of is that I now have
> ipv6 connectivity on my machines now :o) pointless I know but it was
> worth the challenge.

Congratulations!  It's the way of the future :-)

Hope that's at least some vague help.
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