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With the release of and OS X, Apple switched the email server from POP to IMAP. For most users, the change won't have a dramatic impact. However, there's a key difference between IMAP and POP. With POP, you retrieve your messages from the server, and (unless you tell it otherwise) they're deleted from the server. IMAP basically functions the other way around - when you're looking at your email in, you're actually looking at the IMAP server (those who know IMAP better than I can probably give a better description of the actual process). won't download and remove your mail unless you actually (a) delete it, or (b) move it to another mailbox. This has led some users hitting disk limits due to a large amount of email kept on the server.

If you'd like a simple method to prevent this from happening, read the rest of the article. This solution was distributed by Ron C. to the X4U mailing list.

To make sure your mailbox actually empties, you can make a rule to move all incoming email into another mailbox.

First create a new mailbox under your Personal Mailboxes area of Note that this step is optional if you just want your mail to go into the generic INBOX in the Personal Mailbox area.
  1. Make sure you can see your mailbox drawer (View -> Show Mailboxes)
  2. Click once on Personal Mailboxes
  3. Select Mailbox -> New Mailbox
  4. Name your new mailbox something meaningful (, perhaps?)
Now we'll create a rule to move incoming mail to the new mailbox.
  1. Select Mail -> Preferences
  2. Click on the Rules icon
  3. Click on the Create Rule button
  4. For a description, enter "" or whatever you like to help you remember
  5. Select "To" from the first criteria pop-down, and "contains" from the second
  6. Enter in the text area in the criteria section
  7. Check the box "Transfer to mailbox" and select the new mailbox you created in step on (or just the INBOX in Personal Mailboxes if you skipped step one)
Now all new mail will automatically get moved into your Personal Mailbox, which will cause the IMAP server to delete the message.
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You can still use POP3 ....
Authored by: Barium on Jan 17, '02 05:35:25PM

there may be an much easier way ... just choose POP3 as the mail protocol in your mail program

I had one of the first accounts and since them I have Eudora on POP3. Recently I installed a new account for my wife and I set up IMAP first. After figuring out the "disadvantages" you mentioned I switched the settings to POP3 and it worked fine with downloading all the mails and deleting them from the server.

I would say that the Apple mail servers are supporting both protocols ...


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