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8. Mail Servers > 8.4. Providing IMAP Access to Mailboxes

Providing IMAP Access to Mailboxes

IMAP is a powerful and full-featured protocol for mail management. But its many features are both a blessing and a curse. IMAP is a great protocol to use: it provides all the necessary tools to store, organize, and mail on a central server. But IMAP’s complexity makes it an intimidating protocol to implement: the base IMAP protocol spec in RFC 2060 runs to more than 80 dense pages. IMAP also puts a lot of burden on the mail server. IMAP servers have to support message parsing (to allow the client to download only selected parts of a message), message searching (using a special query language), and the ability to reference messages using two completely different....


  

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