Deleting folders on IMAP, specifically, the fact that it deletes them by moving them to the trash can, does not work with some IMAP servers. For example, the imap server that comes with RedHat 6.2 (imap-4.7-5.rpm) uses directories to represent folders. Therefore a folder can either contain messages (i.e. it is a text file) or other folders (i.e. it is a directory). The ``Trash'' folder is a text file. Therefore, when you delete some other folder, it tries to create ``Trash/OtherFolder'', but the name Trash is already used by the text file. Mozilla should have a preference for this, or better yet, detect this and recover gracefully (``Mozilla cannot move this folder to the Trash. Would you like to delete it permanently -- WARNING: All Messages Will Be Lost?''). Steven
Confirming due to my assessment of the sanity of the reporter :-) Gerv
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
QA Contact: esther → huang
Reporter is this still a problem in the latest nightlies?
I just tried it on March 13/2001 (Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux 2.2.17-14 i686; en-US; 0.8.1) Gecko/20010313), and it still occurs.
To owner attention. It is not a bug at the moment. Mozilla just was not properly configured. There is an option in Edit->Mail/News Account Settings->Server Settings->Advanced->Server supports folders that contain sub-folders and messages. This option should be disabled in the described case. In this situation folders get deleted permanently without moving to trash.
Is the problem still occurring?
QA Contact: huang → meehansqa
Yes, I have Mozilla 1.2.1 using UW IMAP server - still seeing the "The current command did not succeed. The mail server responded: RENAME failed: Can'tcreate mailbox node /export/home/bob/Trash/: File exists" Error message. Users don't much like leaving the "remove immediately" setting in place because they are always afraid of deleting the wrong thing and miss the safety of the trashcan. Seeing this on linux,windows, and Mac
Assignee: mscott → nobody
QA Contact: meehansqa → backend
Summary: Deleting folders on IMAP → Deleting folders on IMAP does not work with some IMAP servers
Robert, do you still see problem? (reporter's address is dead)
Whiteboard: CLOSEME 2008-05-17 dupeme
Robert doesn't see problem anymore. => WFM
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Product: Core → MailNews Core
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