[Dovecot] OT: best linux imap client for dovecot

Ed W lists at wildgooses.com
Wed Feb 24 20:45:11 EET 2010

On 24/02/2010 18:37, Timo Sirainen wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-02-24 at 13:18 -0500, Charles Marcus wrote:
>> I was wondering if you might take just a few minutes - no need to go
>> into great detail or anything unless you can do so off the top of your
>> head and don't mind - and outline what you see as the biggest problems
>> with all of these sucky IMAP clients, and what things might/could be
>> done to make them 'suck less'...
> Well, I haven't thought about it all that much in detail. Or, actually,
> I did write a how-to: http://imapwiki.org/ClientImplementation
> Basically:
> 1) Online mode: Don't download all message headers at once at startup.
> If I open a mailbox, I'm seeing only about 20 messages on screen. That's
> all it needs to download. When I scroll the message list, download more
> as needed.

Yeah, Take TB's annoying pause when you click into the INBOX where it 
declines to jump to the newest messages so you can at least read what 
you already downloaded, UNTIL it's checked for any new messages which 
arrived in the last few seconds...  OE still remains better from that 
point of view...

On the Nokia N97 you can get Profimail and it's a pretty good example of 
how an internet connect client should probably behave (granted some of 
these optimisations change if you assume the server is in the same room 
as you on gigabit...)

Ed W

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