Allow switching account between POP to IMAP after account creation



18 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: wkfx2003-bugzilla, Unassigned)


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18 years ago
Outlook Express allow you to change that. I can't see reason this is
not allowed.
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
The reason is that no one has written the code yet.  Patches accepted.  :)

Duplicate of "UI: Account Settings, Server Panel, username & Server Name not

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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 14295 ***

Comment 2

18 years ago
Verified Duplicate.
Product: Browser → Seamonkey

Comment 3

13 years ago
This does not appear to be a duplicate of the UI bug 14295. And it certainly is not fixed.
Resolution: DUPLICATE → ---
I'm able to change the servername and username, and pretty much everything else without any problem. 

The only thing I don't see the option to change is the server type, which probably rarely if ever needs to be changed, and incidentally, which Outlook Express doesn't allow changing either, other than the account type, the account settings are fully editable under SeaMonkey 1.1b Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061101 SeaMonkey/1.1b, and Thunderbird.

Comment 5

12 years ago
Hmmm, not sure why I made that comment back in June, but I think what I meant was, that I thought the poster was complaining s/he can't turn a POP account into an IMAP account, and vice versa after, creating the account.
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows 2000 → All
Summary: Allow change of POP/IMAP server after the account has been setup → Allow switching account between POP to IMAP after account creation
Assignee: racham → mail
QA Contact: nbaca

Comment 6

11 years ago
Oh.. it is a very old bug I reported. That was because my company changed the mail server from a POP to a IMAP. I wanted to keep all the settings (filter, mail folders..etc.)

I think it is a 'nice to have' since it is not common that a server type will change.
Assignee: mail → nobody
Component: MailNews: Account Configuration → Backend
Product: SeaMonkey → MailNews Core
QA Contact: backend
Duplicate of this bug: 490247


8 years ago
Component: Backend → Account Manager
QA Contact: backend → account-manager
Hardware: x86 → All

Comment 8

8 years ago
one major roadblock I see to this feature actually happening is that the method of storage and method of retrieval for mail are not decoupled.

for instance IMAP mail lives under different folders to POP3 mail, so to change mailbox type / retrieval protocol would require moving all the mail.

Maybe should decouple the store from the protocol first.

Comment 9

8 years ago
The perfect might be the enemy of the good here. It wouldn't be too hard to write code to allow changing of the account type by essentially creating a new account, removing the old account, and fixing up the identity to use the new account's special folders. In the case of converting a pop3 account to imap, we'd need to save the existing folders, perhaps by moving them into the local folders account, like we do for import. For imap to pop3, we wouldn't need to do that, and the most common usage case for us now is users who've been led down the imap path by autoconfig, but really want pop3. For the imap to pop3 case, we probably would want to create local folders out of the imap folders on the server, if any. I suppose we could optionally do that for the pop3 to imap case, if the user wants us to.

The main problem with converting filters is converting the move/copy filter action target uri's. If we've converted folders, then the folders should exist, and this would be relatively easy. It wouldn't deal with other accounts' filters that point into this account, but I don't think that's a big deal.

Comment 10

8 years ago
(In reply to comment #8)

> Maybe should decouple the store from the protocol first.

The difference between IMAP and POP3 is that one has storage on the server itself, one has it on the client. There's no decoupling that makes that difference go away. Our IMAP offline stores already look exactly like our local berkeley mailbox format folders, but there's no guarantee that offline storage is turned on.


7 years ago
Blocks: 129055


7 years ago
No longer blocks: 129055
Duplicate of this bug: 129055


5 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 1037829


5 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 984540


4 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 1100108


2 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 1298226
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