IMAP server and client recommendations?
rasputnik at hellooperator.net
Thu Apr 22 06:51:50 PDT 2004
* Danny MacMillan <flowers at users.sourceforge.net> [0423 05:23]:
> I have six or seven hundred megabytes of email imprisoned in a few .pst
> (Microsoft Outlook "Personal Folders") files. I've been looking for an
> alternative email client lately. Of course, the issue is converting these
> old messages so that they are usable by the new software -- ideally so
> that multiple clients could access the mail. The thought that immediately
> occurred to me was that one of the standard Unix formats -- mbox or
> maildir -- would be appropriate for this task.
> After scouring the internet for possibilities for converting between the
> hated .pst format and mbox or Maildir, I found a few people who'd
> seemingly hit upon an ideal solution: add an IMAP folder to Outlook and
> copy their mail to that folder, then do the reverse inside a client that
> stores its mail in mbox or maildir format. Then it struck me -- =leaving=
> the mail in the IMAP server would give me even more flexibility.
I use cyrus with - mozilla, mutt, outlook express, squirrelmail, thunderbird
osx and zaurus clients - it's great.
Add an LDOP address book and use sieve instead of the evil thet is Procmail
and you have a single point of failure^W control for all your maily needs....
(Mail is again 1 per file, but you don't usually access it direct. That's a
Good Thing IMO, a Maildir in my home directory is too breakable...)
Courier didn't scale for me, dovecot wasn't configurable enough.
Cyrus is a bit more complex, but behaves itself and performs very well.
Lots of howtos, try a few and see what you like.
Blood is thicker than water, and much tastier.
Rasputin :: Jack of All Trades - Master of Nuns
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