imap-2001a: description + notes

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. It is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. In other words, it permits a "client" email program to access remote message stores as if they were local. For example, email stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, and a notebook computer while traveling, without the need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers.

If you want to enable the rimap capability, which lets users with a suitable client and .rhosts file on the server access IMAP services without transmitting passwords in the clear over the network, you need to have /etc/rimapd linked to /usr/freeware/bin/imapd. Regardless the server's account must have a non-null password.

The UW IMAP Information Center has more information, as does The IMAP Connection. WARNING: Do NOT install servers built with SSL support unless you also plan to install proper certificates! It is NOT supported to run SSL-enabled servers on a system without the proper certificates. See /usr/freeware/doc/imap/SSLBUILD for more information.

NOTE: The mbox driver is now enabled by default. If the file "mbox" exists on the user's home directory and is in UNIX mailbox format, then when INBOX is opened this file will be selected as INBOX instead of the mail spool file. Messages will be automatically transferred from the mail spool file into the mbox file.
NOTE: This product replaces fw_BSDqpopper. You will have to remove fw_BSDqpopper by yourself, though. No automatic replaces rules have been defined, so you can install both during a transition period and not lose functionality while configuring fw_imapd.

To auto-install this package, go back and click on the respective install icon.