> The function imap_open() is for opening an connection to an IMAP
> server.  It doesn't operate directly on a file system and it is
> ignorant of the actual mailbox implementation as this is all
> abstracted by the IMAP protocol.  Where the mail is stored is a
> function of your IMAP server, not PHP.

That's not actually true.  The imap functions are an abstraction on top of
many different backends, not just imap.  You can talk to pop and nntp
servers as well, for example, and yes, even a local mailstore with no
server involved at all.


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