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status of popfile development?

Has all development of popfile stopped?

  • Message #1729

    Some work has been done on a few minor updates to POPFile 1.x but things have been very quiet recently.

    I'll try to find out if it is time to start building release candidates for POPFile 1.1.4.


    • Message #2066

      I don't remember reading any follow-up on this question of future development of Popfile. As much as I love the program I'm becoming increasingly concerned about continued reliance on it in my Windows desktop environment. It would be tremendously reassuring to know its development and the resolution of the large number of defects is still being addressed. If things are indeed at a standstill for one reason or another, it would be fair to the numbers of us who use and appreciate the program to inform us of the current status of things so that we can attempt to find an alternative if necessary. I'm sure you understand.

      • Message #2067

        I don't remember reading any follow-up on this question of future development of Popfile

        Sorry about the lack of public announcements. The development team is quite small and there's not a lot of overlap (e.g. I'm the only one working on the Windows installer) so it is easy for development to get held up for one reason or another. For example, recently my Windows system has been one of those which become unstable after installing Microsoft's monthly updates and I've only just tracked down and fixed the underlying cause (my anti-virus package).

        At the moment I'm running an alpha version of POPFile 1.1.4 for Windows which uses a more up-to-date version of Perl and includes several SSL-related improvements (e.g. concurrent POP3 connections using SSL are now supported). Now that my Windows system is stable I can re-start work on the Windows installer.

        It would be tremendously reassuring to know ... the resolution of the large number of defects is still being addressed.

        At the moment there are 58 open tickets of which 26 are marked "defect". Several of these "defect" reports are waiting for further information from the user or are related to documentation or POPFile 2.x so I think there are only about a dozen outstanding defects. [Feel free to correct me if I am wrong!] POPFile 1.1.4's newer Perl and newer SSL libraries should help clear several of these defects.

        I think POPFile 1.x could be described as in maintenance mode; POPFile does its job well and for the typical single user is (I hope) pretty much feature complete.

        POPFile 2.x has been stalled for a long time but perhaps after POPFile 1.1.4 is released work might re-start; POPFile 1.x's IMAP module only handles a single account but this restriction would not apply to POPFile 2.x.

        • Message #2068

          Thanks ever so much for that response. I feel a little more reassured about the situation and the potential for future evolution of Popfile. I hope to be able to get my hands on 1.1.4 in the near rather than distant future. By the way, I've not had one burp on my Windows 8.1 system + Avast antivirus since installing it and I'm a real software junkie who installs and removes software daily. I also religiously apply Microsoft's updates. Maybe I'm just lucky! Thanks again...

        • Message #2069

          ... POPFile 1.x's IMAP module only handles a single account but this
          restriction would not apply to POPFile 2.x.

          With the proliferation of multiple devices (e.g. tablets) I suspect more people are moving to IMAP instead of POP3 on their main computers. With many people having more than one e-mail account, I suspect this restriction is becoming the main limitation to continued use of this excellent program. Roll on version 2. :-)

          • Message #2070

            Multiple IMAP's & Win10 compatibility will be necessities going forward.

            Other than that, thanks for the wonderful program! Have been using it on multiple computers (Win & Linux) for many, many years, without ever a hitch!

            I can't imagine live without POPFile.

            • Message #2072

              I have registered here to let Brian and the other developpers know that I also can't imagine live without POPFile. I have been using it for years on Windows and Linux computers and with various e-mail clients (The BAT, Claws ...). Once it is installed and trained it just works, so it is easily forgotten. I just had to restart it on our very old Win2k server in the office, because it would not respond any more after some work done on the Mail Client (ancient The BAT version). But that is a rare event. Normally it just works and most colleagues don't even know it is here. (Even the SSL-support works fine, although I got some messages about too old PERL packets when I upgraded to v. 1.1.3 some time ago.)

  • Message #2075

    Adding in also. Cannot imagine working without Popfile. Most people look at me in amazement when I describe how it works.

    Been considering moving off of pop server to imap or exchange server for a while. I have not in part because popfile works so perfect. A new version may be my inspiration to do it.


    • Message #2164

      I would love to see PoPFile development start up again. I have multiple POP3 and IMAP accounts and would love to route them all through PoPFile.

      Is there any hope?

      • Message #2165

        Is there any hope?

        I'm still working on the Windows installer for POPFile 1.1.4 but work has been hampered by a variety of computer/internet issues.

        I've been having problems with my internet connection for a while and now have a 3G mobile broadband dongle for use when my landline isn't working properly.

        After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 I found that Windows Update was downloading at only 50 KB/s so updates were taking hours to arrive ~ the problem appears to be between my router and the Windows 10 system but only affects Windows Update, other web sites work at full speed. I've managed to improve the download speed for Windows 10 Updates but it is still not as high as it was for Windows 7 updates.

        POPFile's Windows installer is built using ActiveState's Perl Dev Kit and the open source NSIS compiler and I've updated to the latest versions of these tools.

        Up until now the POPFile installer used NSIS 2.x. The new NSIS 3.x compiler incorporates a lot of changes/improvements and as a result it failed to compile the current POPFile installer code ~ I'm still working on getting the existing code to compile without errors!

        Sorry I don't have much good news to report ... but at least some progress is being made.

        • Message #2166

          Ever thought of switching over to Github for source code and tracking issues (tickets)?

          Could spark interest if you were to.

          May come in handy @

          • Message #2174

            +1 regarding switching over to github!

            Not only might it spark interest as war59312 said, it would make it easier for other people to help with the development.