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Re: To IMAP or not to IMAP


From: Kai Grossjohann
Subject: Re: To IMAP or not to IMAP
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 09:26:32 +0200
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Marcus Frings <address@hidden> writes:

> UW IMAP: The oldest IMAP server.You don't want this. Too many security
>          bugs in the past. Stores mails in mbox format only. Developers
>          are said to be ignorant in fixing known bugs. Easy and quick
>          setup.

I vaguely recall that UW supports at least one other format in
addition to mbox.

> Cyrus IMAP: Too overloaded for home usage. It's full of features and a
>             very great IMAP server but setup is a little more
>             complicated compared to others. Mails are stored in Cyrus'
>             own format which is neither mbox nor Maildir.

The format is similar to MH.  With MH, a folder is a directory, and
each message is a file.  The difference between the MH and Cyrus
formats is that MH uses numbers as filenames, whereas Cyrus uses an
appended dot.  So "42" would be an MH filename, and "42." would be a
Cyrus filename.

Kai


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