[kde-linux] imap over kmail

Luke Campagnola lcampagn at mines.edu
Mon Oct 31 23:09:34 UTC 2005

On October 26 2005 00:35, Werner Joss wrote:
> > The best way I can think of would be to run an IMAP server on my desktop
> > which
> > just reads mail from ~/Mail, however I have had a very difficult time
> > getting
> > this to work. Kmail says that it will play nicely with other mail clients
> > using the same directories, and the IMAP server should be just like any
> > other
> > client. I have tried most of the IMAP servers available in the debian
> > repository (courier, dovecott, cyrus, uw), but no luck.

> I think there is some major confusion here -
> an imap-server is NOT another client reading from ~/Mail in parallel with
> kmail.
> a correct setup works like this:
> - collect your mails from several sources - fetchmail comes to mind.
> - sort/filter the mails appropriately (procmail/bogofilter/spamassassin)
> - provide the mails to your client(s) via imap-server (courier,cyrus..)
> you may want to google for explicit examples on how to do this.

I meant that an IMAP server should be just like any other mail client in the 
sense that kmail and a local IMAP server would both be reading and writing 
from ~/Mail. I understand this is not the "proper" way to use an IMAP server, 
but it would be the best solution for me if it worked. Just the same as if I 
were using kmail and mutt to read from my local mail folder, kmail and an 
IMAP server should be able to simultaneously pull from the same maildir 
repository at the same time. The problem with this (and the reason I chose to 
post to this list) is that the IMAP servers do not seem to understand the 
format of the maildir stored by kmail. I had assumed there was one standard 
maildir specification, but this does not appear to be the case.


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