Re: [Evolution] Re: [Evolution-hackers] CVS IMAP

On Tue, 2002-09-03 at 12:04, Mark R. Bowyer wrote:
On Tue, 2002-09-03 at 02:06, Not Zed wrote:

just committed a big imap patch to cvs evo.  <SNIP>

I was going to post to this list about this, and your email gives me a
good excuse to do it now.  ;O)

Around 1.0.8, a change was made to the way folders are seen by the IMAP
system, in that (a) soft links are no longer followed; 

Sounds like nothing to do with Evolution.


 While I keep all my mail folders in a directory in my
(network mounted) home, for backup and access reasons, I move "old"
folders into another directory fairly regularly, to keep my disk usage
reasonable - and to do this I made a soft link to a directory on a local
disk.  This used to work fine on Evo < 1.0.8, and I was able to see the
directory of "old" folders in the folder view, and open it to look at
old emails and drop the occasional new email that needed to go in one of
them easily.

Sounds like a IMAP server bug. Remember that IMAP is not a file-system,
and therefor Evolution knows nothing about whether a folder is really a
symlink or not. If the IMAP server says "nope, so subfolders" then
Evolution says "okay, there are no subfolders" - end of story.

Now I don't even see links, and if I create a directory and link all the
folders within it, then I see an empty folder, not one with more folders

why would you see links to begin with? IMAP does not have a concept of

  So to view or file emails in these "old" folders I now have to fire
up another email tool =O(  I'm running on Solaris BTW, but I don't think
that's relevant.  I've tried linking to folders on the same mount point
to ensure this isn't a problem with the IMAP server or the client and
NFS mounting.

NFS mounting on the server-side would not affect the client. what other
email tool are you running that can see symlinks on IMAP? or are you
running something like pine or mutt on the server? If that is what you
are doing, then obviously that is why they can see it and Evolution

Was this a design decision, or just a result of a recoding that isn't

Sounds like a result of your IMAP server being broken.


Jeffrey Stedfast
Evolution Hacker - Ximian, Inc.
fejj ximian com  -

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