I think Chris is right on target here.
Some of the IMAP clients allow the SENT messages to be stored back on
the mail server, so that would allow access from each client.
I've had some people that didn't want to use IMAP. They have been setup
with POP, leaving messages on the server, but with the option checked to
delete from the server when deleting from the client. I would say that
doesn't work out too well long-term, since eventually they fill their
Another option would be to use a departmental mail system, if you have
one available. That might get you a mailbox on a server with a 250GB disk.
At some point, people need to learn that there are limits to mailbox
sizes, etc. Are the messages she is interested in from mailing lists?
Maybe they can be searched with Google, rather than keeping a local copy.
64MB of text emails is a lot. 64MB of emails in HTML, with fancy
backgrounds, or attachments might be just ten messages.
I would certainly make sure that she knows how to use the web interface
to mail.msu.edu -- at least enough to see how full the mailbox is, how
to dump the trash/spam folders, etc.
Chris Wolf wrote:
> The 64 megs storage on mail.msu.edu can easily hold 10,000 messages if there are few attachments or only small attachments. If she could manage her messages with attachments differently (moving them fairly promptly to local mailboxes on one or more of her computers) it might be workable. If she gets 200 messages per week that she has to keep available, that could allow for up to a year's worth of mail. If there is a significant quantity of attachments that absolutely have to be online, this would cut way back on the total number of messages that could be kept. Of course, she can rent more storage on mail.msu.edu, at a price.
> Accessing a mailbox containing a huge number of messages via IMAP does require a lot of extra "overhead" communication between the client and server, which would slow things down some. This would be most noticeable over a modem.
> Of course she still wouldn't have access to all of her Sent messages from every computer.
> Is this the more-and-more common situation that Google's Gmail is being set up to address (1 gigabyte of storage per user)?
> At 03:55 PM 4/7/2004, Rachel Rumsey wrote:
>>I am looking for some advice as to what would be the best solution for a user.
>>The user needs to access her email from 3 different machines.
>>She would like to be able to see all her emails at all locations.
>>The main problem is that she gets a tremendous amount of email ( not just junk! )
>>I am afraid that if I set up her email client to use IMAP, she would fill her mailbox up quickly.
>>Can anyone suggest a better solution?
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