Thunderbird can be configured to check all IMAP folders for new email. I've
only got about 70 folders across 3 accounts myself and it works fine. It's
essential if you use server-side filtering into folders. I use Outlook on
Windows XP myself though, so excuse me while I don some flameproof overalls.
Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level, then beats you
From: ilug-bounces at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-bounces at linux.ie] On Behalf Of
Sent: 16 January 2007 13:58
To: Kevin Philp
Cc: ilug at linux.ie
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Mail clients
The only reason I use it is because Thunderbird can't seem to handle
watching large numbers of IMAP folders for new mail.
I have procmail and SpamAssassin filtering my mail on my mail server into
about 140 different folders so that when I read my mail (either over IMAP or
with Mutt on the server) my mail is already sorted and organised to my
The problem with this setup is that mail can arrive at any time in any of
the 140+ folders. Some IMAP clients, notably Thunderbird, have trouble
watching that many folders.
My advice is:
Thunderbird is better in general, if it fits your needs go for it:
- I have found it to suck with large local mailboxes. (I have 37000+
messages in my ILUG mailbox. If I wanted to use TB and have the
folder stored locally it would be very, very slow.)
- It won't read Maildir local mailboxes.
- (Minor) You have to use Enigmail to get PGP/GPG support.
Evolution may be better in some small edge cases:
- If you want to use Maildir on your local machine it has support for
- (Minor) Built in PGP/GPG support. Beware, GPG 2.x seems to be a
little funky with regard to pinentry and evolution.
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