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Latest comment: 18 November 2015 by BorisA in topic getmail with systemd

getmail with systemd

The article states that cron is not in base anymore and systemd (timers) might be an option. The notice encourages a discussion, so I thought I start one. :) --BorisA (talk) 19:31, 18 November 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

service for imap idle

Personally I run my main getmail with an IMAP-Idle connections, so instead of timers a normal systemd user-service is a good option, I found this blogpost to be helpful and did something similar. I have a file "~/.config/systemd/user/getmail-foo.service"

 Description=Get mails from foo
 ExecStart=/usr/bin/getmail --rcfile=foo.ini --idle=Inbox

and enabled it with

# systemctl --user enable getmail-foo.service

This way the service gets started after logging in and listens for changes in the folder "Inbox". For local imap the Unit could also set After/Wants to the service that provides imap (e.g. "dovecot.service"), which is what I do. I guess this wouldn't start dovecot if its not running, but at least it should check if dovecot is really running, but I haven't tested this yet. --BorisA (talk) 19:31, 18 November 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


For some less important accounts I use getmail timers to start getmail regularly like cron does. I created two files for this in ~/.config/systemd/user/

 Description=Fetch mails                                                                                                                                              
 ExecStart=/usr/bin/getmail --rcfile=bar.ini --rcfile=baz.ini
 Description=Timer for getmail

and enabled the timer with

# systemctl --user enable getmail.timer

this starts getmail for the configurations "bar.ini" and "baz.ini" 1 minute after boot and then every 15 minutes. To see if it worked and when the next run is scheduled you can list the user timers (systemctl --user list-timers) --BorisA (talk) 19:31, 18 November 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]