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Richard Stallman downloads email once a day:

How can I replicate this in Gmail? Specifically, I'd like something that would deliver all of the messages I received throughout the day at noon (so that I could not read them before then). Of course I could just not check Gmail more than once a day, but I am not tough enough to do that (yet).

Right now I am using a Python script + cron job to deliver messages to a second address, where the messages appear at the specified time. Is there a way to let me read the messages in the original account? I was thinking you could use clever filters in Gmail to forward everything to a holding account, and then append some key to the message, but is there a better way?

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Stallman also uses wget as a web browser, so you might want to consider doing that as well. Also, I think that you will find meditation helpful. – paradroid May 17 '11 at 6:45
paradroid - Thanks, it's not so much about being paranoid or pro-free software as it is about being able to focus on more productive things than checking my email. – Kevin Burke May 17 '11 at 6:51
That is why I suggested meditation. Mindfulness helps you control your thoughts, by being aware of them. – paradroid May 19 '11 at 5:23
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There is a program called fetchmail which pulls email down via POP or IMAP and then sends that email to a location of your choosing. fetchmail works with gmail. You could run it once a day.

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