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How can I avoid putting my e-mail password in plain text in my .fetchmailrc file? My file looks like this:

poll with proto POP3
user 'abc' with password 'PASSWORD' there is foobar here 
mda "/usr/bin/procmail -d %T" 
no keep

I learned this from but it saves my password in plain text, which I'd like to avoid.

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Store the .fetchmailrc in an encrypted filesystem (possibly ecryptfs or encfs) and symlink it to ~/.

If you don't want to move the entire fetchmailrc file, you can create a ~/.netrc with the password:

    login abc
    password "Password"
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