Thunderbird will quite happily download and store messages locally,
if you select to make the folders available offline. It does NOT do this
Just go to 'Tools' | 'Account Settings...' and the 'Offline & Disk
Space' section will allow you to set which folders you wish to make
available 'locally' (which means a locally cached copy is synchronised
when the server is available.) I think this is the behaviour you're
Alternatively, you can right click on a folder and select
'Properties...' and the second tab in the displayed dialog is 'offline.'
You can select to download all the messages in the folder to local cache
and/or select to always make the contents of the folder offline.
Two issues to be aware of are:
- I've not found a way to stop displaying a warning that the
server is not contactable for every message I click when offline. This
is irritating but will surely be fixed by v1.0.
- Also, there are some issues about attachment viewing offline. Even
though Thunderbird DOES definitely download and store the attachment in
local cache, it seems to sometimes 'forget' that it's there and refuses
to display it until the server can be contacted again. Similarly, I
expect this will be fixed by v1.0.
Neither of these issues have tempted me away from the excellence of
Thunderbird as an e-mail client btw :-)
Hope this helps.
Niall O Broin wrote:
> On 6 Sep 2004, at 18:22, Lisa Muir wrote:
>>> Can anyone recommend a bandwidth friendly IMAP client for linux?
>>>> It seems that KMail and Thunderbird don't cache downloaded messages,
>> so after I view the 2Mb solicited marketing message, poof, its gone
>> once I stop viewing it, and I have to download it all over again
>> everytime I want to refer to it.
>>> I believe that the latest KMail, as delivered with KDE 3.3, does
> support disconnected IMAP folders. I haven't used it yet, so I can't
> comment on how well it works.
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