Using IMAP on Mac OS X
Subject:   How to get to download-and-delete (e.g. like POP)?
Date:   2003-01-24 11:31:57
From:   anonymous2
Thanks for the article, but I didn't see any mention of how to get to download messages to a client machine and then delete them from the server. When I check the Help pages, it seems that you can do this with POP accounts, but they never come out and say "Sorry, you can't do this with IMAP Accounts"

Your article seems to indicate that you can use IMAP to work in a POP-like way, "depending on your mail client". So, presumably a fully-featured program like can do this, right?

My problem is: My quota on my IMAP server is exceeded, and all along I thought I was keeping it low by downloading messages onto my Mac. I don't want to have to manually select which messages to download and store in some other directory; rather, I just want the program to delete mail from the server as soon as it's been downloaded, so that what I see as my "Inbox" is always the set of mail I received... (I have no interest in accessing my mail from multiple machines; I prefer to access my mail only using my Mac laptop.)

How do I do this?

Thanks very much.