New E-Mail Configuration

Submitted by jbreland on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 02:57

I made some significant changes to the mail server this weekend. If you have a e-mail account, be sure to follow these instructions exactly to ensure that you properly reconfigure your mail client.

Note: This assumes that you are using Mozilla Thunderbird for e-mail. If you are not, please read the instructions on this page for your specific mail client.

Note 2: Webmail is currently disabled. This is due to both the mail server changes mentioned above, as well as the recent website changes. I'm currently working on a new webmail system, and hope to have it ready within a couple days.

The first time you start Thunderbird it will appear that all of your mail folders have disappeared. That's normal. To get them back:

  1. Click Tools, Account Settings
  2. Select Server Settings
  3. Click the Advanced button
  4. Set "IMAP server directory" to "INBOX." (no quotes, but include the period)
  5. Uncheck "Show only subscribed folders"
  6. Click OK on Advanced Account Settings, then OK on Account Settings
  7. Close and restart Thunderbird

After restarting Thunderbird, all of your mail folders should be properly restored. If you encounter any problems, please let me know ASAP.

So, what changed? Primarily, I switched to Maildir-style mailboxes and am now using the Courier-IMAP server rather than UW-IMAP. What does that mean to you? Truthfully, not a whole lot. The maildir format allows for greater flexibility for administrators and power users, but normal users won't notice any changes. The switch to Courier was simply because UW-IMAP does not support maildir.

One other big change I'd like to mention is that all e-mail is now backed up hourly on a rotating schedule. If you accidentally delete an important e-mail, I can recover e-mail from the last:

  • 24 hourly periods
  • 7 daily periods
  • 2 weekly periods

I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but on the whole it's a Good Thing. Once again, let me know ASAP if you have any problems.