Thursday, September 9, 2010


SkyHi @ Thursday, September 09, 2010
Occasionally, you may receive an email of this kind:

This text is part of the internal format of your mail folder, and is not
a real message. It is created automatically by the mail system
software. If deleted, important folder data will be lost, and it will be
re-created with the data reset to initial values.


The reason:

Using an IMAP client (eg webmail) and a POP client can lead to this message being generated.
The message is automatically created by IMAP clients for internal record keeping and is ignored (not displayed) by most email clients.

You can ignore this message. If this message is downloaded to your desktop via a POP client, you can delete it.

Yes, you can delete this message. This message is generated every time you use the webmail interface. Some technical information:
Webmail uses a protocol called IMAP to retrieve mail. Your Eudora, Outlook, etc. program at home is using POP3 to retrieve mail. The little postman working with IMAP generates that message everytime you go to webmail if it doesn\'t see it there, because it thinks it needs it. The little postman working for POP3 sees that email and thinks it\'s new mail so it download it. Get it? It\'s easy... every time you take that message away with POP3, the IMAP guy puts it back. Nothing we can do about this, we didn\'t invent the protocols.
Solution 1: Don\'t worry about it and delete it every time you see it.
Solution 2: If it really bothers you, 1. Stop using webmail. Not recommended if you are using the spam filters.
2. Setup your software at home to retrieve mail via IMAP instead of POP3 (Please don\'t start sending email asking on how to do this.) You\'re on your own :)
I personally use Solution 1.
I hope this puts an end to your questions about this and clarifies it a bit for you.