Gmail or Thunderbird problem?
bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Thu Dec 4 21:39:38 UTC 2008
Karl F. Larsen wrote:
> Yes that may be correct. I am still learning how IMAP works. There
> is not very much information on IMAP that I can find.
What about IMAP is confusing?
Primarily IMAP is a way of keeping email on the mail server instead of
your computer so you can access it from a number of systems without
losing your mail, and as long as the provider does decent backups of
their data you won't lose data.
I use IMAP with Exchange server with caching, so I can get mail offline
if need be.
I also have found that every freakin' IMAP server seems to be a *little*
different in their interpretation of the IMAP standards, so they can
each be a little different or squirrely. I have seen servers that will
allow only one additional folder depth to be added when organizing mail
and I've seen them allow multiple nested folders, for example.
I've also seen cases where Thunderbird gets the bejeezus confused out of
it, and I'll see mail with headers to one mailing list but the contents
are from another message. Right click the folder and go to properties
then rebuild the index to fix it.
If you search for the RFC you should find the IMAP protocol standard if
you are still curious about it. If you have a specific question you
might need to start a different thread for it...
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