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Old 09-24-2005
fetchmail with pop3

once i used kmail (or sometimes outlook express) for my e-mail client.
i had no problem with that.
now being with unix console, i want to retrieve pop3 mails, using fetchmail.
(where i can browse my mailbox(es) later)
and it seems something i'm missing or do not understand.
assuming my e-mail address is
my pop3 server is (notice! ``mail.'' prefix)
i configured fetchmail with the followings.
% cat ~/.fetchmailrc
poll protocol pop3 user "myname" password "mypassword"
after i fetchmail(ed) i got the error.
(note that i have another ~/.procmailrc, which should not relate to the topic)
% fetchmail -akv -m "/usr/bin/procmail -d -%T"
fetchmail: 6.2.2 querying (protocol POP3) at Sat Sep 24 17:44:45 2005: poll started
fetchmail: POP3< +OK Hello there.
fetchmail: POP3> CAPA
fetchmail: POP3< +OK Here's what I can do:
fetchmail: POP3< STLS
fetchmail: POP3< TOP
fetchmail: POP3< USER
fetchmail: POP3< LOGIN-DELAY 10
fetchmail: POP3< PIPELINING
fetchmail: POP3< UIDL
fetchmail: POP3< IMPLEMENTATION Courier Mail Server
fetchmail: POP3< .
fetchmail: POP3> STLS
fetchmail: POP3< +OK Begin SSL/TLS negotiation now.
fetchmail: POP3> CAPA
fetchmail: POP3> USER myname
fetchmail: POP3> PASS
fetchmail: Unknown login or authentication error on
fetchmail: POP3> QUIT
fetchmail: 6.2.2 querying (protocol POP3) at Sat Sep 24 17:44:46 2005: poll completed
fetchmail: Query status=15
fetchmail: normal termination, status 15
the problem is in the line highlighted with red.
authentication error on
certainly, authentication had to fail because my e-mail address is not
how to config it correctly? i have tried googling, but still don't know.
any help would be much appreciated.

thx in advance
# 2  
Old 09-25-2005
Is your username "myname" ? Usualy, it should be "" ( too) beacause it seems that the mail server hosts more domains and when you send your username, you have to tell the domain you belong to. So, try sending "" instead "myname".
# 3  
Old 09-25-2005
> So, try sending "" instead "myname".
% cat ~/.fetchmailrc
poll protocol pop3 user "" password "mypassword"
already tried resulting in
fetchmail: Unknown login or authentication error on

thx for your kind response :-)

[edit] i should have mentioned i use slackware 10.0 kernel 2.4.20 (with optional kernel 2.6.7) fetchmail 6.2.2+SSL+NSL[/edit]

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