I also noticed that changes to /etc/profile have no effect when starting a new terminal with kiterm (although some of the original settings in it do seem to have been applied?). The latest build I have of myts (kiterm) sets ENV=/mnt/us/kiterm/profile and this profile script is called successfully for root. When I then logon as myself it is not called - for my own user the script in /home/<myuser>/.profile is called.
I also tried fetchmail with a POP3 server. It tries to use service "pop3" but in /etc/services this is defined as "pop-3" so one has to add an alias for pop3 or add the line "service pop-3" to .fetchmailrc