Trick Gmail into checking POP3 more often

I finally got sick of gmail only checking my POP3 account every hour or so, so I resolved to fix it. If you google this, there are numerous solutions, I thought I would share my experience. I have access to a web/mail server so I used that.

(1) Log on to the server. (2) Create the script ~/.mailthis

#!/bin/bash
echo "x123456789x" | mail mypop3account@abc.com

(3) Then edit your crontab with crontab -e and put the following in there

* * * * * /path/to/.mailthis

You must put the absolute path here. This will send a mail to your pop3 account every minute.

(4) Finally create a filter in Gmail that says any message with the word x123456789x in it, delete it. That way you don’t spam yourself.

Thats it, now gmail will check your mail every minute since you are getting messages every minute.

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