True IMAP Trash Folder

Gary gv-list-freebsdquestions at
Mon Feb 2 07:33:35 PST 2004

Hi Matt,

On Mon, 02 Feb 2004 10:27:41 -0500 UTC (2/2/2004, 9:27 AM -0600 UTC my
time), Matt Juszczak wrote:

>>There is no trash folder in the IMAP protocol itself.. Removing mail is a
>>two step process, first of deleting it, and second of purging the deleted

M> I understand now.  Thanks.  So do you know of a mail client that 
M> supports "Deleting Items" to a folder called "Trash" on the IMAP 
M> server?

No, because it is not part of the IMAP protocol.

M> Right now I have evolution and if I delete mail it puts it into 
M> a local trash folder, but I dont see an option to "Copy deleted mail to 
M> folder <blah> on mail server" or something like that.

Right, not part of the protocol, so there would be no option for that. You
can either manually drag-N-drop deleted mail, before you purge it, to a new
folder you create on the server, called Trash, or whatever. Or... perhaps
you can set up a filter to move/copy deleted mail to your new Trash folder,
etc... this might work.


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