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I use a private mail service a relative of mine manages. It uses SquirrelMail. I don't usually use the webmail, instead, I use an e-mail client (Claws Mail) to download the mail using POP3.

Every now and then though, I will use the webmail to send some mail. I want this mail to be downloaded to Claws Mail too. How can I do this?

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The old practice is to CCyourself in emails. – digitxp Aug 28 '11 at 17:26
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POP3 does not support mail folders and will only download messages from "INBOX".1

You will have to switch to IMAP for mail access – it presents the same folder structure as in the server, so you can see exactly the same messages in Claws and SquirrelMail. (If you want to keep a local copy of all messages, Claws can cache them on disk (like any other client), or you can use OfflineIMAP.)

Alternatively, configure SquirrelMail to save your sent mail to Inbox.

1 Gmail is an exception. It doesn't have real folders, and uses a heavily customized POP3 server, which is why it can merge both "INBOX" and "Sent" for POP3.

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SquirrelMail itself uses IMAP to access your mail, so if the admin says they don't support IMAP, do not believe them. – grawity Aug 28 '11 at 17:05
Gmail has IMAP folder structure: Inbox, and other labels are the top level folders; other folders, including Sent Mail, are subfolders of [gmail] folder. Gmail web application merges mail from Inbox and Sent Items into one view: the messages you received and the message you sent are actually in different folders. – Alexey Ivanov Aug 28 '11 at 19:08
@Alexey: True, but they are only displayed as folders because that's how IMAP works. The server side only uses tags. – grawity Aug 28 '11 at 19:27
Thank you for your answer. – Bruno Stonek Aug 28 '11 at 23:07
Thanks so much for this. Lavabit shut down today (permanently), and I thought I had lost all my mail. Your tip about Claws maintaining an IMAP cache on disk just saved my data. Me happy. – QuasarDonkey Aug 9 '13 at 18:44

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