Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

Useful Software

With Larry in South America, he needs a good IMAP solution so he can keep his mail sorted and stored on the server so it doesn't disappear if his laptop gets damaged or stolen. Greg Sutter mentioned dovecot on tuna this week, a fortunate coincidence. It's an IMAP (and POP3) server that supports the mbox file format, and is configurable as to where your folder directory is, and where your incoming spool is located. (It doesn't have to be ~/.INBOX) It supports SSL, and is pretty painless to build and install.

I now have an IMAP view of my mail spool and procmail-sorted mailboxes. I built mutt on the G4 to test it out, and it runs flawlessly, it's just like I'm ssh'ed into b5 running it locally. It probably won't be so fast if I ever run it on the iBook from a remote location--mutt caches nothing, but I'll evaluate that later.

At recursive's suggestion, I also gave Apple's Mail application a whirl. I'm actually quite impressed with it. It gives me the same view of my mail that mutt does, with the nice graphical interface. It even lets you pick IMAP folders to use for its draft, sent, and junk mail folders, rather than storing them locally.

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