[Dovecot] download IMAP folders via POP3

Timo Sirainen tss at iki.fi
Thu Dec 25 19:42:55 EET 2008

On Dec 25, 2008, at 7:23 PM, Jose Celestino wrote:

> Words by Jakob Grießmann [Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 06:08:35PM +0100]:
>> Hi,
>> I know my question might sound a little bit strange, but is it
>> possible to download IMAP folders via POP3? I have clients who use
>> POP3 on their main machines and IMAP on their "on the road"  
>> notebooks.
>> It would be good to download all folders created on the notebook via
>> POP3 to the main desktop.
> Well, we actualy have that scenario, not for all IMAP folders but for
> some. We have services that put receipts and unanswered calls and  
> voice
> mails on IMAP folders (there's acls and a master password allowing  
> them
> to do that) and we had to enable POP access to that for POP only  
> users.
> It's a ugly hack but we have it working.
>> Googling brought up some results, but I don't know how to  
>> implement...
> With a ugly hack of course :)

With v1.2 it's less ugly with virtual mailboxes. http://wiki.dovecot.org/Plugins/Virtual

But it doesn't sound like such a good idea to actually use. That just  
allows the POP3 client to easily download+delete all messages from all  

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