KMail/IMAP cannot add top-level folder

Jeroen van Meeuwen vanmeeuwen at
Mon Jun 18 11:54:03 UTC 2012

On Monday, June 18, 2012 12:56:01 AM Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Rex Dieter wrote:
> >> When I click on a top-level account in KMail on an IMAP client,
> >> the File->New->Add Folder option is greyed out,
> >> although it is available to create a sub-folder of an existing folder.
> > 
> > Maybe seeing this?
> > 
> >
> Thanks.
> I saw someone (possibly you?) mentioned another bugzilla,
> which mentioned that the problem was solved
> in a version of KMail coming shortly.

My colleague Christian Mollekopf (in CC:) will work / has worked on resolving 
this issue / these issues, IIRC. I'll let him speak for himself.

A client needs to take two things into account for this "thing" that is root-
level folders and sub-folders, which are;

- First, the result of the NAMESPACE command. The response to this command 
lists the roots and hierarchy separators for personal, 'other users' and zero 
or more 'shared' namespaces.

The traditional root for one's personal namespace has been INBOX, but 
evolvement from the legacy NNTP name-space and convention has resulted in both 
the use of alternative namespace (INBOX is a root-level folder, but sub-
folders of INBOX are presented as root-level folders as well - they are often 
still folder/sub-folder on the mail server's filesystem), as well as the '/' 
hierarchy separator (so mailbox names can contain dots '.' characters).

- Second, as a consequence of using alternative namespaces, "INBOX" cannot 
contain any "sub-folders" - "sub-folders" being presented as root-level 
folders and all. To this end a \NoInferiors flag is included in the LIST / 
LSUB command responses, indicating no child folders can be created.

I hope this clarifies a bit, where things can go wrong.

Kind regards,

Jeroen van Meeuwen

Systems Architect, Kolab Systems AG

e: vanmeeuwen at
m: +44 74 2516 3817

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