Welcome to a major upgrade in Web Mail service. There are significant and very obvious differences between this release and the previous one.

The most obvious difference is that, by default, your login does not take you to the e-mail application. The e-mail service runs under a controlling framework known as Horde. In the previous release, there really weren't any applications for this framework except for the Mail application. So, it was possible to set up a global option to direct all users into the Mail application when they logged in.

This release has many other applications available, even though we are only offering the Mail application. However, there are some amusements you can set up in Horde, using the 'Layout' option. As a consequence of this, the framework no longer allows a global option to force users into a specified application. When you login, you will see a menu on the left that contains the items that are available from the Horde framework. The only application available is 'Mail'.

Users can specify in their personal preferences that they want to go into the Mail application automatically when they log in. To do this, first login, then select 'Global Options' from the menu on the left. From the "Global Options" screen, select 'Display Options'. The first option on this screen sets the starting application. By default, this is set to 'Horde'. Click the box and select 'Mail'. Then click 'Save Options'. The next time that you log in, you will automatically be taken to your Mail box. Note that there is a minor glitch in the framework, and until you log out and log back in, the application menu on the left side of the screen will be duplicated.

Please report any problems with WebMail to trouble. You can also do this by selecting the "Problem Report" button, once you have logged in.

Local mail folders must be in the 'mail' directory of your home directory. If you are a 'pine' user, then this is the default setting. If you use 'elm', 'mail', 'Mail', or 'dtMail', then your default local folder directory may be 'Mail' or you may have selected some other name. If so, you will have to create a symlink from your mail folder to 'mail', if you wish to access your local mail folders.

Like all web based mail interfaces, the performance is far slower than using a local e-mail client (such as pine or elm). If you have been receiving and ignoring warnings about the size of your mail spool, you may want to do some clean up before using the WebMail interface to access your mail! The same lack of performance will be apparent if you have very large local mail folders, and try to access one of them. Mail delivered to your Computer Science address can be filtered for SPAM content. This means that your mail cannot be forwarded to another address. You can set up or modify your SPAM filter settings at

December 27, 2007