Suggestions please for what POP or IMAP servers to use

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Fri Dec 14 14:13:36 PST 2007

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Heiko Wundram
> (Beenic)
> Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 7:46 AM
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> Subject: Re: Suggestions please for what POP or IMAP servers to use
> Am Freitag, 14. Dezember 2007 16:27:42 schrieb RW:
> > On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 21:06:25 -0800
> >
> > "Ted Mittelstaedt" <tedm at> wrote:
> > > Consider also that the majority of webinterfaces to mailservers
> > > are written using the uw-c-client imap libraries.  So you go ahead
> > > and install dovecot - then watch when you install a webinterface
> > > the port manager sucking in the uw imap stuff anyway.  Might as
> > > well run the uw imap server if your going to run the uw libraries.
> >
> > None of the major webmail clients appear to depend on cclient
> > <snip>
> _The_ major webmail clients (Horde-IMP and SquirrelMail come to
> mind as the
> most used ones immediately) are written in PHP and require the
> IMAP extension
> for PHP (to do IMAP), which in turn depends on cclient, so basically the
> major webmail clients do depend on cclient (even though indirectly).
> Why the cclient dependency (for the IMAP extension of PHP)
> doesn't show up in
> your grepping of ports I don't know, but it's an easy check for
> you to test
> that the IMAP extension for PHP either comes with cclient
> bundled, or with a
> dependency on it that's slightly hidden in the Makefile.

As I said I did a survey of all known web clients earlier this
year that did not require a specific server - I might have even posted it to
the list.  But I guess that's a challenge to some people to "prove" I don't
know what
I'm talking about. ;-)

If you feel you must avoid "c-client" you can do it
the following way:

1) The webmail that comes with SquirrelMail I would be surprised if it
uses it - but, that webmail is inseparable from the SquirrelMail SMTP
server and cannot be installed separately.  I didn't test it because of

2) Openwebmail is one of the few webmails that can -directly- access
the mailboxes through the filesystem - of course you have to configure
it to do this - and I think the port of it has the PHP imap extension
listed as a dependency anyway.  Neomail is the predicessor to openwebmail
and is the same - of course, it has several known security holes.

3) Nullsoft webmail is pop3 only and does not use the c-client libs.
There are significat problems with running webmail using a pop3 backend.

4) ilohamail wrote his own imap library and does not use c-client.  Its
not a bad webmail but the developer lost interest in it a while ago.
you need to load it from the CVS.  signatures in the cvs distro are broken,
everything else works.


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