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Re: Rmail-mbox branch

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Rmail-mbox branch
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:47:38 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>>> Here's my conundrum.  I'm married to IMAP, for better or worse.  I have my
>>> mail on a very reliable RAID5, backed up, fast server.  One under my
>> Adding proper IMAP support to Rmail is between difficult and impossible,

> Distressing but not surprising to hear.  I'm guessing there has been
> discussions around this topic but I can't find any trace.  Do you have
> a reference or can you elaborate?

No, it's just my own assessment based on my knwoledge of how IMAP and
Rmail work.

>> but if you limit yourself to using the IMAP protocol in order to
>> download your messages (i.e. as if it were just POP), then it should be
>> pretty simple and indeed using GNU mailutils's code may give you this
>> feature for free.

> I am getting my messages now using the mailutil movemail which will allow me
> to use both Rmail/mbox and Thunderbird on a daily basis.


>> We do want to bring Emacs's and mailutils's movemail closer.
> This is very good to hear.  What else can you tell me?  Is someone working
> on it?  Have constraints been established?

Not that I know.  It's just generally desirable to reuse other
people's work.

> Having movemail provide a "synchronize" operation for IMAP seems to
> make some sense to me but in due time I suppose.

That would probably be the easiest way to get Rmail to "properly"
support IMAP.  "Easiest" does not necessarily mean "easy", of course.
Especially if you want it to work reliably.


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