Console based email and Gmail, any luck?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Aug 8 15:24:29 UTC 2022


No, if you use an app password, your email client would log in using 
that password. No need for one time password verification. OTPs are used 
when you want to access a resource via a web interface. The whole idea 
of an app password is that a machine logs into a resource using its own 
dedicated password. So that password is specific to that machine or 
application. If any security breach happens through that machine, it 
would not compromise other parts of the system. For example, if you lose 
your phone or computer that is already logged in with the app password, 
you can simply log into Gmail and disable that password. In any case, 
the password is for email access and not for say, Google drive. So you 
can use your app password safely.

I think it is prudent that if any service you use has got two-factor, 
just generate an app password and turn two-factor on. Then supply the 
app password to Mutt and pull your emails.

On 8/8/2022 14:53, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Tim
> Was trying to get it live via IMAP, and correct me if I'm wron but 
> doesn't an app speciic password need me to respond to an 
> SMS/notification on my phone every single time I want to use the 
> password or not? Sources differ on this with some saying it does, 
> others it doesn't
> As for the scripts not working, they sent me to 400 or 404 errors, due 
> to Google shifting thins around on their end. That's what I meant by 
> not working
> On 8/8/22 13:40, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Tim here.  Are you trying to access the account live/online or via
>> pulling mail locally with something like POP3 or using 
>> mbsync/offlineimap
>> to sync up mail to a local cache?
>> As someone else mentioned, the easiest way is to set up an "app
>> password", then use that as your login, whether provided in your
>> ~/.muttrc for mutt/neomutt, or using those credentials in your
>> ~/.mbsync or ~/.offlineimaprc file for syncing the mail to a local
>> maildir.
>> -Tim
>> On Mon, Aug 08, 2022 at 09:03:50AM +0100, Linux for blind general 
>> discussion wrote:
>>> As it says, any luck with console based clients? All I'm getting is 
>>> being
>>> sent in circles with non working Python scripts and vague blog pages.
>>> I'm trying to get Mutt or Neomutt to still work with Gmail post 
>>> nuking of
>>> passwords, but...I can
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