I've been using GMail ever since they decided to allow users to download their mail using POP. I was happy reading my email as usual in mutt. The only problem was that I had to log onto the website once in a while to clear out my spam folder and fish out the false positives.
However, as the amount of spam I receive daily started growing exponentially (in part thanks to my involvement in Debian), I became more and more dissatisfied with this solution. I had to login several times a day just to keep the levels of spam down to a manageable level. I tried emailing the GMail support team a few times without success.
The solution came just as I was looking at switching to a different email provider: IMAP access.
Using fetchmail, I can now download my received and sent mail using POP and then download (and purge) the contents of my spam folder. Here are the relevant lines of my
poll pop.gmail.com protocol pop3 user "firstname.lastname@example.org" is "francois" password "" fetchall ssl poll imap.gmail.com protocol imap user "email@example.com" is "francois" password "" folder "[Gmail]/Spam" fetchall ssl
- definitely spam (conveniently located in
/dev/null) for a score greater than 12
- probably spam (I need to check those manually once in a while)
- not spam for messages with a score less than 5
This is done using procmail with the following bit in my
# Use spamassassin to check for spam # (only check messages < 400kB so that it doesn't choke) :0fw:/etc/mail/spamc.lock * < 409600 | /usr/bin/spamc # Throw away messages with a score of > 12.0 :0: * ^X-Spam-Level: \*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\*\* /dev/null :0: * ^X-Spam-Status: Yes /home/francois/mail/spam