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Multi-Drop Email
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:32:43 PM »
Was hoping someone might be able to point me to the current rules for collecting mail from from a 'catchall' mailbox for a multi-drop environment. I looking specifically for Ports, SSL/TLS etc.

I have read this somewhere historically and I know that there were changes in V9.2 but now I search for it I cant find it. I need it in a hell of a hurry !

Some clever b******  (not me - I not clever) in a NFP I support decided that the middle of a lockdown was a good time to change hosting providers. I dont know if changing the MX record is going to be an option any more !!

Thanks in advance

Offline mmccarn

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Re: Multi-Drop Email
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2020, 05:12:32 AM »
Try adding the multi-drop info in server-manager (Email -> Email retrieval mode = multi-drop); it should "just work".

There may be edge cases to cleanup - but at least your email will be coming in...

Offline ReetP

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Re: Multi-Drop Email
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2020, 12:56:11 PM »
I was looking in the DB variables list but can't see any settings for /etc/fetchmail

Have a look in the templates in:


fetchmail keys I can see

status - default disabled
Method - default standard | multidrop
Verbosity - default silent | verbose
Protocol - default POP3 | see 'man fetchmail'
SSL - default disabled | enabled
AuthenticationMethod - default password | see 'man fetchmail'
SecondaryMailServer - empty

(these should go in the wiki but i have other work to do now)

smtpd keys

TCPPort - whatever it is set to

Some wiki pages that may be relevant:


If you require other settings then copy an existing template to custom templates and add your code accordingly.
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Re: Multi-Drop Email
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 06:35:36 AM »
Thanks guys, got enough from these replies to get me through.

Something that is perplexing me a little is the sort option for distribution. Some mail clients put a To: option in the header and other use "for" in the header.

Selecting "To:" seems to reject messages that use "for" (or vice-verse).

Any way to cover either/or ??

Thanks in advance & stay safe.