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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders Apps
In Leopard's Mail, select an IMAP folder that is stored on the server, and select Get Account Info (control-click on the account to see this option, or press Command-I). In the Account Info window is a Subscription List tab. Using this tab, one should be able to unsubscribe to Gmail's "All Mail" folder, thus reducing the number of messages stored locally, and the number of messages unread by a factor of two.

[robg adds: A couple of comments from users on the queue review site further clarify this hint...

Comment #1: "Still doesn't work for me on my Linux dovecot IMAP server, Apple Mail's subscription tab just shows up empty and disabled, just like it always did, even though subscribing to only specific mailboxes work just fine in Thunderbird or even Microsoft Outlook, using the same server."

Comment #2: "My Gmail folders do not appear in the Subscription List. The usefulness of the hint is for people who have Exchange accounts. My university has a huge Public folder on its Exchange server. The old Mail.app would spend a lot of time indexing every item (thousands) in every sub-folder. Now you can simply unsubscribe from them. It seems as though all of the Public folders were unsubscribed by default (a wise move).]
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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: wluckie on Dec 04, '07 07:46:43AM

Also doesn't work for me. No folders show in Subscriptions.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: casperghst42 on Dec 04, '07 08:25:01AM

Gmail Imap does not support subscribe/unsubscribe, which is why there are no folders to unsubscribe from.

Casper



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: recusant on Jun 05, '08 11:35:20PM

Subscribe and unsubscribe with a GMail IMAP account work fine with Thunderbird.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: kainewynd2 on Dec 04, '07 08:26:02AM

Ditto. No love to Google's IMAP servers.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: DarthMagnus on Dec 04, '07 08:29:35AM

Assuming that you could unsubscribe to GMail... would that then mean that you couldn't move deleted items over to the All Mail folder? Or would it simply not download those mail items that are in the folder, but still allow you to view the messages which are online?



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: klein on Dec 04, '07 09:24:27AM

I cannot unsubscribe from neither Starred or All Mail from my Gmail. Do you include [Gmail] in your IMAP path?



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: diamondsw on Dec 04, '07 09:45:57AM

Same problem as others - nothing is in my "subscribe/unsubscribe" list. This is a shame, as combining this with the previous "[Gmail]" prefix hints would finally let me use Gmail IMAP the way I want - just like POP, but with nifty server-side features. :)



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: pecosbill on Dec 04, '07 10:40:13AM
thus reducing the number of messages stored locally, and the number of messages unread by a factor of two.
It would be nice to remove All Mail, but even if that doesn't work you can still change your Unread Mail Smart Folder to reject contents of that folder. That's what I did.

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Pecos Bill

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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: sr105 on Dec 04, '07 11:25:40AM
From Help (emphasis added):

Subscription List: Use this pane to subscribe to and unsubscribe from public and shared folders that are available to your IMAP account.

In effect, nothing has changed; Apple still doesn't care about IMAP. It took years for them to be able to move a message between folders without destroying the delivery timestamp (which works now, btw).

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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: mike3k on Dec 04, '07 01:48:15PM

Doesn't work for me either with Gmail.

Being able to unsubscribe from All Mail is the only thing that would make Gmail's IMAP implementation not suck. I end up with *TWO copies of every email, one in its own label and one in All Mail, and marking one read won't mark the other read, so I just have to go to All Mail and mark all read.

As much as Gmail's IMAP sucks, it's still better than using POP3, especially when I check my mail on both my Mac and my iPhone.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 04, '07 02:11:18PM

so, this doesn't work. what's the hint for? I guess bad hints are still hints.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: dlgraves on Dec 04, '07 07:19:12PM

On the off chance someone from Google will read this, I want to second all of the above: It is ridiculous to have to download two copies of every $#@&&! message because we can't stop synching All Mail. Without this absurd bug gmail IMAP would be great. We hate All Mail! Set us free...



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: sEEKz on Dec 05, '07 02:18:18AM
In fact IMAP folder subscription doesn't work at all on Leopard 10.5.0 and 10.5.1

http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=5668307


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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: catzforever on Dec 08, '07 05:00:17AM

It's not true that Gmail IMAP does not support subscriptions. It all works fine in Eutourage. This seems to be a problem with Apple Mail.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: pedz on Apr 23, '10 05:38:45PM

Three years and this still is not fixed in Snow Leopard.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: Waterhouse on May 18, '10 02:43:36PM

You can work around this issue by using the Labels Settings in the Gmail web interface. First you will need to go to settings. Go to the Labs tab to enable "Advanced IMAP Controls"

Now go to the Labels tab and unmark the box for "Show in IMAP" for any Label (including All Mail) that you want to see only via the web.

Andy



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: slylabs13 on Apr 01, '11 11:11:32AM

Bingo! Andy's solution worked famously.



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10.5: Use Mail's IMAP Subscription Lists to limit Mail folders
Authored by: geolaw on Jun 10, '11 11:03:46AM

Unchecking "Show in Imap" almost works for me however it breaks my blackberry's ability to check this same gmail account :(



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