Timothy Murphy wrote:
> On Wed 18 Apr 2007, John Madden wrote:
>>>>>> With IMAP, everything stays on the server, and are copied to the client
>>>> only as/when needed. You can have 10 versions of kmail looking at the
>>>> same IMAP folder and each will see _all_ the messages.
>>>>>>> Just to be clear -
>>> does IMAP leave the email in /var/spool/mail/ on my desktop?
>>> Or does it store it in its own place?
>>> If so, where? and in mbox or maildir format?
>>>>> You really need to go and look up what IMAP actually is. It _doesn't_
>> move mail anywhere, it simply offer's a protocol to clients to read mail
>> which is stored in a certain place, in a certain format. The place and
>> format are generally configurable.
>>>> Well, thanks for trying to enlighten me,
> but I am still confused.
>> Remember, my question was: can I use kmail with IMAP
> to give more or less the same result as I get with NFS.
>> As far as I can see, there is only one way of invoking IMAP
> within kmail - by starting a new "Account" in the Accounts=>Receving setup,
> and specifying that this account is to retrieve mail by IMAP.
>> I suspect that this is intended to work in the same way as POP
> (which is another option), to retrieve mail from a remote mail server.
>>Tim, replace the word retrieve with access, and then you may understand
eg. When you access a file over the network it is still in the
fileserver, it does not
move it to your client.
Think of the IMAP server as a black box that provides access to the
>>> You say it is copied to the client as/when needed.
>>> But if it is copied to laptop A
>>> then surely email on A will look different to email on B?
>>>>> It's _COPIED_, not taken, erased or anything else. So, if a mail is
>> delivered to ~/Mail on your desktop, with kmail configured to use an
>> IMAP server on your desktop, both laptop A and desktop B (using the same
>> configuration for kmail) will see the email when it arrives. When you
>> delete it on either A or B, it'll be removed from ~/Mail by the IMAP
>>>> But in my case, the mail in question is _not_ delivered to ~/Mail
> on my desktop; it is in /var/spool/mail on the desktop,
> and is only transferred to ~/Mail if and when I run kmail _on the desktop_.
>> If I run kmail (with IMAP) on my laptop,
> the mail is transferred to ~/Mail folders on the laptop.
>> It seems that either I have set up the kmail IMAP account wrongly,
> or else one has to run IMAP in a different way.
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