Re: [dev] Suckless mail client solution?

From: Marc Andre Tanner <>
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 00:36:25 +0200

On Tue, Oct 06, 2009 at 06:24:14PM +0200, pancake wrote:
> A solution that manages MTA, MUA, MDA and MDMA plus LSD in a simple
> way.
> This is:
> - Keep a partial local cache of the mails (only last 50?)
> - imap support server search, so why i have to mirror the
> folders with 53200 mails?
> - Only sync selected folders automatically or every N minutes
> - Attachments should be only retrieved in a second stage (on slow
> connections
> is really useful)

I am also interested in mail handling tools which suck less. In my opinion
a useable solution should be built around IMAP (although imap obviously does
suck, it is one of those standards that you just have to accept and work with
if you want to talk to the outside world).

My current mail setup uses imapfilter and offlineimap. This actually works
quite well but the implementation of offlineimap in particular sucks rocks.
Last time I checked they factored out the user interface and provided at least
3 different ones. Which is just plain crazy if you ask me.

What is missing is a good libimap written in C. Or is there one that I am not
aware of? The last time I googled for it everything I found was either ugly or
written in a scripting language.

The functionality of imapfilter, offlineimap or some fuse based solution could
then be implemented on top of this libimap.

The client itself shouldn't need to know about imap.


 Marc Andre Tanner >< >< GPG key: CF7D56C0
Received on Thu Oct 08 2009 - 22:36:25 UTC

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