[Users] Suitability of using Claws instead of KMail ?

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Fri Apr 28 18:38:20 CEST 2017

On Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:45:41 +0200, Tristan Miller
<psychonaut at nothingisreal.com> wrote:
> Greetings.
> On Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:22:33 +1000, Peter Richards
> <peter777 at users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
> > Am not convinced I need to travel down the Dovecot path, as I'm not
> > sure that I need it ??  Surely, just Claws is ample for my needs.  
> But surely you said the same thing about KMail when you started using
> it. :)  Using an IMAP server like Dovecot is more future-proof.  If
> you decide, now or in the future, that you don't like Claws Mail, or
> if you ever find you want to access your mail from another system
> that Claws Mail doesn't run on, then things will be easier for you if
> all your messages are on an IMAP server.  (And since IMAP servers
> store messages in a standard way, you can always switch from Dovecot
> to something else if you need to.)
> Regards,
> Tristan

Hi Tristan,

You know that, and I know that, but imagine how daunting it would be
for Peter to have to quickly set up the whole IMAP bucket brigade:
Fetchmail to procmail to Dovecot to Claws. His priority was to get his
data out of Kmail2 while he still could, and from what I've read, he

Now that his data is safe, if Peter ever wants to dip his feet in the
personal IMAP waters, what he could do is use one email address, that
he seldom uses, as an entry to IMAP. He could start by getting it thru
fetchmail, and then set up Dovecot and procmail, and very slowly get
that whole thing working, including SSL. Setting this up doesn't put at
risk his email system. Once it's all set up, if he wants, he can copy
various directories to the new system, and set up fetchmail sections
and procmail recipes to directly load incoming emails of certain
categories to his new Dovecot.

But for the time being, I say to Peter: Congratulations on saving your
data from that data muncher called Kmail.


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