Download your Yahoo Email, Unix Edition

First Off.

I am providing this information because I found it useful. I was inspired by Iain Thompson of The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/2395/) to retrieve and delete my 15+ years of email.

Disclaimer: Computers suck. Also, I could be a complete idiot. I’m just some rando blog on the internets. Do the following at your own risk and please don’t hurt me if something goes wrong.

Prepare Your Account

https://login.yahoo.com/account/security

Disable Two-Step Verification

Enable “Allow apps that use less secure sign in”.

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Remember to turn them back once email download is done. Then delete your Yahoo account anyway.

Requirements.

Need to have fetchmail and maildrop installed. I’m an Ubuntu user so I just did:

sudo apt install fetchmail maildrop

 

fetchmail

~/.fetchmailrc

poll pop.mail.yahoo.com
   service 995
   protocol POP3
   user "myemail@yahoo.com"
   ssl
   password "mypassword"
   fetchall
   mda "/usr/bin/maildrop"

Verify with ‘fetchmail -v -c’  (verbose and check). Should see a successful login to your Yahoo email.

NOTE: fetchmail’s default behavior over POP3 is to *DELETE* your email once retrieved. I’ve left this behavior in place. If that’s not what you want, consult the fetchmail man page.

Maildrop

/etc/droprc

Enable DEFAULT=”$HOME/Maildir” to push mail straight to my account instead of through a MDA.

~/.mailfilter

Not needed.

Build a Maildir

From home directory, run

maildirmake.maildrop Maildir

Will create the necessary Maildir tree. Use Maildir rather than mbox format because writing to a single file (mbox) is risky; could be corrupted in event of a crash. Maildir writes every email to a separate file.

Test Test Test!

Run  fetchmail -v -B 1

Will fetch verbose ONE message for testing the configuration. Should see login and one message downloaded. (deep-thought is my hostname)

Here’s me after downloading three messages:

…deep-thought:~% find Maildir

Maildir
Maildir/cur
Maildir/new
Maildir/new/1476108117.M788587P6060V0000000000000801I0000000002F42B11_0.deep-thought,S=34486
Maildir/new/1476107958.M23066P5120V0000000000000801I0000000002F42B10_0.deep-thought,S=49456
Maildir/new/1476107905.M287749P5102V0000000000000801I0000000002F42B0F_0.deep-thought,S=25386
Maildir/tmp

 

Release the Hounds.

Let’s go for it. Run

fetchmail -v | tee log.txt

|tee log.txt to save a log of the run in case anything goes wrong.

 

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