help on picking an IMAP server

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Tue Mar 27 05:34:45 UTC 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "RW" <fbsd06 at>
To: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: help on picking an IMAP server

> On Thu, 22 Mar 2007 01:40:48 -0500
> David Banning <david+dated+1174977648.a93167 at> wrote:
> > I have been using imap-uw for some time but now I would like to 
> > have an imap server that can have subfolders. Out with imap-uw..
> > 
> > I tried dovecot but I was unable to get it to create subfolders,
> > although it seems some say you can, may people are having problems
> > doing so, and I didn't like the fact that it changes the format of
> > the folders from the mbox standard.
> AFAIK imap-uw does support subfolders, to the same extent that UNIX
> supports subdirectories. The problem is that you can't have a
> mailbox file and a subdirectory of the same name in a directory. So in
> foo/bar, bar is a mailbox and foo/ is a  directory - so there can't be
> a top-level mailbox called foo.
> It's just a matter of organizing your mailboxes to take account of
> this.

I agree, I have had no problems making folders on the server with

I respectfully submit that anyone who is ignorant of the importance of
UNIX special characters like the / in a directory name would almost
certainly boff up any IMAP subfolder creation regardless of what
IMAP server software he was using.

He's probably coming from a Mac.  Hopefully he knows about the
other UNIX special characters.  Unfortunately, immediately taking
an attitude that "It's not my mistake it must be the software" whenever
encountering trouble with a computer is not going to get anyone
very far.


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