Thursday, October 25, 2007

Gmail IMAP woes

I was really excited yesterday when I found out that my Gmail for domains account had IMAP access. I've used Apple Mail and my Blackjack to access my Gmail accounts via POP for a while now. It's not that I have anything against the Gmail web interface, but I've just never particularly liked having to open a web browser to view my email.

POP access had its downfalls, of course, though by using "recent:username@gmail.com" as the username, I was at least able to make sure that all my various devices accessing the account were able to get new emails. When, I saw IMAP access had been added, I thought all my troubles with accessing Gmail accounts from multiple sources would be gone for good. Not quite so.

It's pretty close though, I only have one complaint: Accessing Gmail via IMAP from Apple Mail stores drafts of messages in Gmails Sent Mail folder, rather than the Drafts folder. I sent a couple emails last night, and when I woke up this morning I saw 8 copies of one of the emails in my Sent Messages folder. Before I fired off an apology to the recipient for accidentally spamming their inbox, I figured I'd do a little testing, during the course of which I confirmed that I did not actually send the email 8 times, but rather that drafts were being stored on Gmail as sent messages.

I don't know whose fault this is, Apple Mail or Gmail, but it's a little annoying. For now, I've solved the problem by unchecking the box to "Store draft messages on the server" in Apple Mail's preferences for the Gmail account. I suspect it may have something to do with folder mappings, but I don't know of a way in Apple Mail to change the folder on the server that is associated with a particular type of email, i.e. a draft.

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