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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04,Ninth Edition by Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Matthew Helmke

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Using Fetchmail to Retrieve Mail

SMTP is designed to work with systems that have a full-time connection to the Internet. What if you are on a dial-up account? What if you have another system store your email for you and then you log in to pick it up once in a while? (Most users who are not setting up servers will be in this situation.) In this case, you cannot easily receive email using SMTP, and you need to use a protocol, such as POP3 or IMAP, instead.

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Remember when we said that some mail clients can include some MTA functionality? You can configure Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express to use SMTP, and if you use a dial-up connection, they offer to start the connection and then use SMTP to send your mail, so a type of MTA functionality ...

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