When I try to connect to my gmail account [email protected] (password: foopassword), using the following setting:

(setq rmail-primary-inbox-list '("pop://foo:[email protected]:995"))

I get the following error:

movemail: mailbox `pop://[email protected]:995': cannot open: Name or service not known

And when I set the variable like this:

(setq rmail-primary-inbox-list '("pop://[email protected]:[email protected]:995"))

I get the following:

movemail: mailbox `pop://[email protected]:995': cannot open: Name or service not known

So what do I need to connect to read my gmail messages using Rmail?

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"Name or service not known" always means that a program tried to open a network connection, but the address of the destination is incorrect (it couldn't be resolved using DNS). Look in your email provider's help files or tech support for the correct address.

  • How would you connect to your email using Rmail, give me an example if you can please. Doesn't have to be gmail, any free mail server would do.
    – Bite Bytes
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 9:24
  • Which version of emacs? The movemail shipped with Emacs 26.1 does not enable pop by default. The easiest solution is probably to install Gnu Mailutils <mailutils.org>, which has a far more featureful movemail.
    – rpluim
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 12:32
  • @rpluim that's the one I'm using. and still doesn't work.
    – Bite Bytes
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 13:46
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    You're doing it right, but you have the wrong address. I don't know what address gmail uses, but "pop.gmail.com" is obviously the wrong one.
    – db48x
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 6:57

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