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Snatchmail is a tcsh script that uses fetchmail to download your POP3 email, keeps track of the time at which each message was successfully downloaded and deletes it from the server after a configurable number of days.

Snatchmail is intended as a wrapper for fetchmail, so call it wherever you used to call the latter (e.g.: your crontab) and you're set. Just make sure that your standard fetchmail config file (~/.fetchmailrc or $FETCHMAILHOME/fetchmailrc) only deals with POP3 servers, because Snatchmail only knows POP3. If you also use IMAP, simply move the IMAP stuff to a different config file and call fetchmail -f /path/to/imap.fetchmailrc to download IMAP mail.

Snatchmail comes pre-configured for a 7-day message retention on servers and silent operation. Edit the extensively commented source code to change these default values.

Although all my software is released without warranty, I can report that - after extensive testing - Snatchmail has never lost a single message (and that includes >3000 test messages, in addition to my regular mail). Snatchmail has been tested with fetchmail 6.3.17 (2010) and 6.3.26 (2013), but should work with any reasonably recent release.

tcsh, fetchmail, OpenSSL or md5sum
“Snatchmail” is Copyright © Dario Niedermann
released with NO WARRANTY under the terms of the GPLv3 license.

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