How to force Mail to remove fetched messages from IMAP server?

Mac2013orlater

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Feb 2, 2014
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How to force the Mavericks Mail program to delete the message
from IMAP server as soon as that has been retrieved/fetched/downloaded?

Currently the account is set as shown on attached screen shot.
This setting does not help to achieve the goal described above.
 

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FreakinEurekan

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That's not how IMAP works. With IMAP, what you see in your mail client is basically a synchronization of what's on the server. If you delete it from the server, it deletes it from the client.

If you don't want messages stored on the server, use POP.
 

Mac2013orlater

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Feb 2, 2014
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That's not how IMAP works. With IMAP, what you see in your mail client is basically a synchronization of what's on the server. If you delete it from the server, it deletes it from the client.

If you don't want messages stored on the server, use POP.

Pop does not support (allow) the model of fetching mails from server as we seek it. That model foresees at least one master mail client and at least one slave client.
All slave clients are allowed to fetch new incoming mails, nothing more.
Every master client deletes the mail from server as soon as it fetched the mail.
It is acceptable that if more master exists the first fetching wins.

It is not possible to set up such a system using POP.
As for some mail providers (for instance googlemail or gmail) it does not work
to fetch the mail and to remove it from server if pop3 is used.
Already tried out several settings. Nothing helped.