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Regularly synchronize IMAP folders in Mail
Authored by: StarvArt on May 05, '05 02:06:09PM

I'm pretty new to using IMAP, so this may be a simple case of ignorance, but when I tell Mail.app to Synchronize my one IMAP mail account, it downloads the entire contents of my account (all the hidden ".[filename]" files and everything!). Not too big of a deal, since it isn't my main account, but it is terribly annoying. All I wanted it to do was synchronize the mail itself!

Interestingly, the ~/Library/Mail folder for the account contains every file (and files in sub-folders) from that account with ".imapmbox" appended to the file name. For instance, I have files named, ".cshrc.imapbox," ".alias.imapmbox," "public_html/index.html.imapmbox," etc. I'm guessing this is NOT the way this is supposed to work!?!? Mail.app shows all the files in the Mailboxes drawer.

I was concerned that if I remove the files from ~/Library/Mail/IMAP... that the next synch would remove the file from my account, which, of course, it did. Not good. Fortunately, I put up a dummy file as a test, but this surely cannot be the correct function of the Synchronize task. As I said, I'm new to IMAP, so maybe this is how it is supposed to act, except I've not found any info anywhere that mentions this type of activity.

Apologies if this doesn't exactly fit in this thread, but it had the words "IMAP" and "synchronize" in the subject, so I figured it'd be worth a shot. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated!



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