[Dovecot] Sending email with IMAP instead of SMTP?

Marc Perkel marc at perkel.com
Tue Aug 16 20:43:46 EEST 2005

Andrew Hutchings wrote:

>On Tue, 2005-08-16 at 10:30 -0700, Kenneth Porter wrote:
>Would it really be all that useful though?  I can't see it making
>dovecot 1.0 at least.  SMTP is standard for mail relaying for a very
>good reason.
This is all just theoretical. The idea isn't to eliminate SMTP. Servers 
would still talk SMTP to each other. The advantage is that when you 
configure a client you would only have to configure the IMAP. It 
wouldn't require an additional step for setting up outgoing email. And 
on the server end you wouldn't have to set up SMTP authentication 
because the IMAP would already do that for you. IMAP would act as a 
transport to get the outgoing mail from the client to the SMTP server.

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