[Re-alpine-devel] [Alpine-info] select fails sporadically
mrc+uw at Panda.COM
Fri Oct 16 16:09:08 PDT 2009
On Fri, 16 Oct 2009, Jacob Wegelin wrote:
>>  Tolerate the problems.
>>  Fight it.
>>  Forward your mail to a working IMAP server.
>>  Download your mail from the broken IMAP server to a local disk file,
>> and do all your Alpine activity on that disk file. Alpine has a
>> feature called "maildrops" which ought to be helpful.
> Am I correct in thinking that, under , my incoming mail will *only* be
> visible by accessing the folder on my local computer (my MacBook Pro laptop)?
> So that if my laptop gets stolen or broken, any mail sent to me since the
> most recent backup is lost?
Correct.  is basically the POP-style download-then-delete. You may be
surprised to know that there are still partisans of that model, and that
15 years ago the biggest anti-IMAP effort was by those partisans.
> Currently, when my internet connection is slow, I sometimes check email
> outside of Alpine through my university's "webmail" tool. In fact, I can
> check my mail from any computer with internet connection in this way. If I do
> option , am I correct in thinking that the only incoming emails I find
> through a web page will be those that came to the server since the last time
> Alpine on my laptop checked for new mail?
> Regarding : I imagine you may have answered the following question
> already, but where could one find a good IMAP server for ?
If your question is about "IMAP server implementation", then in my
experience Panda IMAP, Dovecot, UW IMAP, Cyrus, and CommuniGate Pro are
If your question is about "ISPs running a good IMAP server", then any ISP
running a suitable implementation is suitable.
The following implementations are known to be unsuitable for various
reasons: Novell GroupWise, Courier, Microsoft Exchange, Google GMail, IBM
Domino, Kerio Mail Server, Axigen. GroupWise and Courier can be coerced
into usability with some sweat and (lots of) tears. Exchange and Gmail
are a continual exercise in frustration. The others are unusable.
The easiest way to have a good IMAP server is to have a suitable server
installed on some always-up system under your authority. Panda IMAP and
UW IMAP are probably the easiest to install.
-- Mark --
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