Skymail & Thunderbird

  yaesu 22:14 03 Jul 2011

Hi, I've just returned to t/bird as my e-mail ap after getting Sky to "synchronise" it. Now it insists on downloading ALL mail from Sky which amounts to multiple thousands of mails. I think if I delete the unwanted ones in t/bird the process will be repeated next time I load T/bird. Anyone any ideas how to stop this please? regards, Yaesu

  natdoor 09:21 04 Jul 2011

Have you checked if Thunderbird is set to leave messages on the server?

(Tools/Server Settings/Leave messages)

  mgmcc 11:11 04 Jul 2011

You don't say which email program you were using before reverting to Thunderbird. If you were using an email program with POP3 protocol, and configured it to leave messages on the server, it would have "tracked" your already retrieved messages and only downloaded new ones. However, if you now set up a different email program, it will retrieve all messages it finds on the server.

I'd suggest you access your mail via Sky's web-based interface and delete all of the old unwanted messages and then use Thunderbird to manage your mail. Messages should normally only be left on the server if you need to retrieve them again with a another computer. Even then, a better solution is to use IMAP rather than POP3 to manage mail with multiple computers.

  yaesu 18:09 05 Jul 2011

Hi mgmcc, thanks for that, I'll try but think I've used IMAP. Sorry for delay in reply but have been away from home. Regards, Yaesu

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