Re: [Asrg] We don't need no stinkin IMAP or POP, was Adding a spam button to MUAs

John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> Sat, 06 February 2010 05:26 UTC

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>> Also, everyone's talking about POP and IMAP as if they were all there
>> is.  What about cases where the user's mailbox is accessed other ways?
>
>I think the latest round of discussion has eliminated any interest in the 
>message retrieval mechanism.

Um, this discussion has been about keying the ARF report to the name
of the POP or IMAP server, remember?

I pick up my mail through an SSH tunnel to my imap server, so my MUA
thinks the name of the server is localhost:2143.  I have no idea how
many people use MUAs picking up mail other than by contacting a named
POP or IMAP server, but the number is definitely greater than zero.

Some mail collection methods that break the all IMAP and POP theory:

* WebDAV (Outlook Express has used that to pick up Hotmail)

* Various sorts of tunnels that mask the address of the server 

* Reading the mail store via NFS

* Uucp or other batched delivery to a local mail store

R's,
John