Re: [As-users] Newbie Question - Help!!!

Mahtab Hossain (
Tue, 23 Aug 2005 00:15:41 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for the nice explanation! My provider actually
supports IMAP. :P Now, everything is fine.

I am using some of your other Afterstep applets (like
power status, volume control etc.). All of them are
nice and little with very descriptive sample
configuration files. Previously I have used Gnome as
my desktop manager and now, I am just experimenting
with FVWM . So far so good and your applets came real
handy (as they can be swallowed by the window
manager). :)

The "Asmounter" applet is really nice, giving you
mount and unmount option with clicks but would have
been nicer if it could launch a helper "file manager"
to open the mounted drive.

Thanks once again

--- Albert 'Tigr' Dorofeev <> wrote:

> Hi!
> On Sun, Aug 21, 2005 at 02:06:08AM -0700, Mahtab
> Hossain wrote:
> > I found the whole lots of applet source of
> Afterstep
> > today and from there, I have installed the recent
> one
> I am glad you found them.
> > (Asmail version 1.7). But it still can't
> differentiate
> > between read and new messages though (only now, it
> > shows the number of new message as 23 and also the
> > total number of messages as 23). During the
> running of
> > "asmail -v" program, I deleted an email from my
> POP3
> > account and after that, it showed 22 messages and
> no
> > new email but when I started the program again
> THis is a feature of asmail. It assumes that when
> the number of e-mails decreases it means you read
> and deleted some e-mails. So it reports them all
> as read.
> > (another instance of "asmail -v"), same thing as
> > previous, showed 22 new messages. Here are the two
> Now, for the grand question. You are using POP3
> for your e-mail. POP3 does not have the support
> for storing e-mails. POP3 is a server that allows
> you to retrieve and delete e-mail. Normally, the
> storage is done on your client. (BTW, this is what
> IMAP fixes). POP3 servers normally never report
> any e-mails read or unread, they simply do not
> have that sort of thing in the protocol. So, what
> you see is perfectly normal.
> Why other mail clients can determine if e-mail
> was read or not? They store the list of e-mail
> IDs for the e-mails that were already read by you.
> Every time the client will retrieve a list of
> messages and compare the IDs with the list of
> stored (i.e. read) IDs. Then, the client can tell
> you if anything is new on the server. Since asmail
> does not ever store anything on disk (keep it
> simple principle) it cannot do the same. Therefore,
> all mails on the POP3 server are new by definition.
> The only thing you can do is either retrieve all
> messages to your client every time you read the
> e-mail (do not keep the old messages on the
> server), which is the way POP3 should be used.
> Or keep asmail running. It will then assume that
> every time the number of messages decreases
> you have read your e-mail and every time the number
> increases that new mail arrived.
> Or, better, tell your provider that you want to
> use IMAP instead of POP3.
> Albert
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