Linked by Sharif Islam on Fri 30th Jul 2004 08:28 UTC
Internet & Networking I had been an avid user of Pine for almost five years. Recently, I decided to move to a greener posture. I dumped my good old Pine and settled with a graphical client. Although, sometime I miss the simple, fast, text based interface, the new relationship is shaping up to be an exciting one. We have our bad times, but overall I am happy with the switch.
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filters and other settings in IMAP
by Johann Beda on Fri 30th Jul 2004 10:38 UTC

Another thing that bothered me is I have to install the client in each machine I use. Although IMAP allows me to retrieve all the folders from the mail server but the filters and spam controls do not get imported. For instance, if I create a filter at work, I will have to do the same at home if I want to move those messages in a certain folder. I can install my own mail server and have my own filtering setup, but I am too lazy and would like to rely on the school's server. I also have to train the junk mail controller every time I install a new client. I had procmail and SPAMAssasain in my old setup. The filters that I have now in Thunderbird is as good as those old recipes.

I wonder if an IMAP client could use one of the server-side folders and/or email messages to store some or all of its settings? Then any changes in settings/filters could be reflected in all clients.

Of course there might be security implications - if the settings were stored as an email message of a particular format, it might be possible to get screwed over by receiving a carefully crafted email message from someone.

Or maybe there is already something like this done in some implementations?