[Dovecot] Bah! Outlook

Jason Wohlford jason at wohlford.org
Tue Apr 15 06:12:12 EEST 2008

Hi All,

I run a little hosting company. I use Dovecot 1.0.10* with IMAP  
exclusively. Lots of my customers use Outlook or Outlook Express. This  
poses a problem. These programs don't and have absolutely no  
workarounds to move messages to a trash folder when deleted. They only  
mark the message for deletion. Then, users have to purge the message  
to actually delete it. Outlook has a way to hide deleted messages and  
also auto-purge them when moving to a different folder. That just  
doesn't cut it. (Thanks Microsoft! :-p )

So, I'm thinking Dovecot could pick up where Microsoft left off.

It seems to me there needs to be two things done. First, a system that  
automatically copy a message marked for deletion from one folder (e.g.  
INBOX) to a trash folder (e.g. Trash, Deleted Messages, etc.)  
Dovecot's lazy_expunge might already do this, but I couldn't quite  
discern it from the wiki docs. Second, a way to only do this when  
Outlook or Outlook Express is the one who is deleting a message.

Possibility? Comments?


P.S. Thanks for the great software!

*Yes, I know. I need to upgrade to Dovecot 1.0.13.

Jason Wohlford
<jason at wohlford.org>

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