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

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Mac2013orlater, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Mac2013orlater macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2014
    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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  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    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.
  3. Mac2013orlater thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2014

    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.
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008

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