[Mageia-discuss] Problems with Local Mail

Anne Wilson annew at kde.org
Tue Jun 26 20:43:18 CEST 2012

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On 25/06/12 17:05, Juergen Harms wrote:
> hOn 06/25/2012 03:05 PM, James Kerr wrote:
>> If indeed Anne is using POP or IMAP to collect "local" mail then
>> I don't think she needs to configure a Unix Movemail account in 
>> thunderbird. I believe it is that account that is looking at 
>> /var/spool/mail/anne. Perhaps she has such an account on Mageia
>> 2 but not in cauldron, which would explain why she does not see
>> the error messages on cauldron.
>> Jim
> On 06/25/2012 05:20 PM, Anne Wilson wrote:
>> To be honest I don't recall ever hearing of movemail before
>> this, so I don't know where it comes from.
> The answer from Jim is the essential thing - no need to mess
> around with /var/spool/mailo/anne - Thunderbird can do all this for
> you, you just need to create an additional Thunderbird account of
> type "Movemail". But it may appear somewhat  devious to do this, 
> Thunderbird playing hide-and-seek with you:
> Try to come to the "Account actions" tab in Thunderbird and,
> there, hit the "Add other accounts" button. That gives you a radio
> button, one of its choices beeing "Unix Mailspool (Movemail)". Once
> you are there, you should be on safe ground to create the special
> Thunderbird "Movemail" account (what Thunderbird calls an
> "account") that collects mail from the Unix /var/spool/mail/anne.
> Where Thunderbird stores the local folders for this account is a 
> totally independant issue, to set this up you proceed just as for 
> ordinary thunderbird accounts.
> I use such an account all the time to collect the messages created
>  locally, for instance by msec - works great.
Ridiculous as it sounds, it seems that I had already set up such an
account, called System.  I discovered it when following up from
Frank's suggestion of testing through Mail.  The truth is that I did
this install between hospital visits to my mother, and clearly my
brain was addled, so I did things that I don't remember.

Sorry for all the noise.  The up-side is that I've learned things -
always good.

When I came to Mageia I said it felt like coming home.  The helpful
discussions on the Mageia lists remind me forcibly of my early Linux
days, in Mandrake 8.  The community was so supportive of a learner.
As I've joined mailing lists of other distributions I've really seen
what an example is set here. :-D

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