Using Thunderbird to Pull same e-mail from two PCs.

Rashkae ubuntu at
Wed May 30 15:12:52 UTC 2007

Andrew Syrewicze wrote:
> Hello list.
> Got a question here. I have an idea of how to do it, but i'm not exactly
> sure. I use my gmail account for all my list stuff, among other things, and
> I would like to be able to use IMAP instead of POP. that way i'm looking at
> identical e-mail while i'm on my desktop at home and when i'm on my laptop
> at work. I've got a server at home that i run a few things on. (samba,
> TeamSpeak, DHCP). Is there a way i can setup some sort of mail service 
> on my
> server to pull my messages from my gmail account, and then using IMAP pull
> my messages from my server using thunderbird on my desktop and laptop???

install fetchmail and dovecot on your server.  Use fetchmail to retrieve 
e-mails from gmail (you need to enable POP in Gmail).  Dovecot will be 
your IMAP server to can connect to with Thunderbird.  (You can use a 
cron job to run fetchmail at whatever interval works for you.  That way, 
you don't actually have to run Fetchmail as root in deamon mode)

Another trick I use, where appropriate, is to let Thunderbird Fetch the 
mail from the POP server then use a folder filter to move all messages 
from Local Inbox into my Imap inbox.

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