imap-dl -- a simple replacement for a minimalist user of getmail
B<imap-dl> [B<-v>|B<--verbose>] B<configfile>...
If you use getmail to reach an IMAP server as though it were POP
(retrieving from the server, storing it in a maildir and optionally
deleting), you can point this script to the getmail config and it
should do the same thing.
It tries to ensure that the configuration file is of the expected
type, and otherwise it will terminate with an error. It should not
lose e-mail messages.
If there's any interest in supporting other similarly simple use cases
for getmail, patches are welcome.
B<-v> or B<--verbose> causes B<imap-dl> to print more details
about what it is doing.
In addition to parts of the standard B<getmail> configuration,
B<imap-dl> supports the following keywords in the config file:
B<options.on_size_mismatch> can be set to B<error>, B<none>, or
B<warn>. This governs what to do when the remote IMAP server claims a
different size in the message summary list than the actual message
retrieval (default: B<error>).
=head1 EXAMPLE CONFIG
If you've never used getmail, you can make the simplest possible
config file like so:
server = mail.example.net
username = foo
password = sekr1t!
path = /home/foo/Maildir
delete = True
B<imap-dl> is currently deliberately minimal. It is designed to be
used by someone who treats their IMAP mailbox like a POP server.
It works with IMAP-over-TLS only, and it just fetches all messages
from the default IMAP folder. It does not support all the various
features of getmail.
B<imap-dl> is deliberately implemented in a modern version of python3,
and tries to use just the standard library. It will not be backported
B<imap-dl> uses imaplib, which means that it does synchronous calls to
the imap server. A more clever implementation would use asynchronous
python to avoid latency/roundtrips.
B<imap-dl> does not know how to wait and listen for new mail using
IMAP IDLE. This would be a nice additional feature.
B<imap-dl> does not yet know how to deliver to an MDA (or to
B<notmuch-insert>). This would be a nice thing to be able to do.
=head1 SEE ALSO
B<imap-dl> and this manpage were written by Daniel Kahn Gillmor,
inspired by some functionality from the getmail project.