Fwd: [Imap-uw] inbox corruption by iphone

Brian W. brian at brianwhalen.net
Wed Sep 23 23:34:17 UTC 2015

Based on the below I would like to suggest that imap-uw, which hasnt been
updated since the author's death, be replaced with panda-imap, which solved
at least my problem.

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From: David B Funk <dbfunk at icaen.uiowa.edu>
Date: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 7:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Imap-uw] inbox corruption by iphone
To: brian <brian at brianwhalen.net>
Cc: UW imap list <imap-uw at u.washington.edu>

Have you tried the "Panda IMAP" distro?

The mailbox locking problem can be avoided by using an alternate form of
mailbox (such as MIX) instead of the traditional mbox. Of course this won't
work in an environment that requires local direct access to the mailbox by
non-C-client aware mail clients. If you can switch to MIX format there are
many advantages (performance, scale-ability, backup facilitation, etc).
However if you do switch to MIX be -sure- to run the Panda distro, there
were some unfixed bugs in the UW-imap distro that can bite you.

After Mark left UW he started his own company with a fork of the UW-imap
which he called "Panda" and then started developing a commercial product
from there.

He kept Panda alive and semi-open sourced, making bug-fixes and adding some
small improvements (I know from conversations I had with him in '09 about a
UW-imap bug I found/fixed ). He made it available to people who explicitly
asked him for it.

After his death people took the last known version of Panda and turned it
into a github project and made additional improvements to it (I contributed
one of them ;).

On Sat, 1 Aug 2015, brian wrote:

as expected, thanx for confirming.
> Brian
> On 8/1/2015 1:25 AM, Chris Bunch wrote:
>> I have been running a UW_IMAP server  on Mac OS X mainly for family
>> accounts for around 12 years. We are all Mac/iOS users: we noted early on
>> that UW_IMAP doesn't cope well with more than one client logged into an
>> account at the same time. When the most any of us had was two machines
>> (home/office or home/laptop) that was relatively easy to manage but when
>> iOS came along(iPhones, iPads) came along things began to unravel and the
>> situation became unworkable. iPhones never stayed in sync with the server,
>> though I have not seen the specific corruption you mention.
>> I am now in the process of transferring family accounts to Fastmail and
>> am setting up Dovecot on Linode/Ubuntu for a few other accounts I manage.
>> Sadly, UW_IPAD’s future died with Mark Crispin.
>> C
>> ________________________
>> On 22 Jul 2015, at 08:57, brian <brian at brianwhalen.net> wrote:
>>> One of the users on my freebsd server that runs uw imap has an
>>> intermittent problem with inbox corruption. Is a fix planned? I see others
>>> have had this issue already. I am essentially seeing this
>>> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=557103 though on
>>> Freebsd.
>>> Brian
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