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Using SCS Webmail

SCS maintains a "Webmail" service that offers easy access to your IMAP account. This interface provides a simple and secure way to read your email from untrusted hosts or hosts without an IMAP client.

The SCS Webmail system consists of two independent interfaces, each with similar features:

  • Squirrel Mail, which is a simple, text-based interface that is a fast way to access your mail over a slow network connection
  • Roundcube, which is a full-featured, graphical interface that offers many features found in native email clients (such as drag-and-drop refiling of messages)

Both Webmail interfaces offer the ability to read, send, delete and refile email messages, as well as manage your email folders and edit sieve scripts.

Logging in to SCS Webmail

WebISO login

When you connect to the SCS Webmail server, http://webmail.cs.cmu.edu, you will be presented with a page allowing you to choose which interface you wish to use (Squirrelmail or Roundcube). Both interfaces are protected by CMU's WebISO authentication service.

If you have previously authenticated to WebISO, you will not be shown the login screen again, but will instead go directly to the service you have selected.

Connecting from a Trusted Host

If you are accessing SCS Webmail from a trusted host (your desktop workstation, for example) you can login to WebISO with your standard Kerberos username and password.

Connecting from an Untrusted Host

Untrusted Host If you are accessing SCS Webmail from an untrusted host (a Web kiosk, a cluster machine, or other public host, for example), it is highly recommended that you use your Kerberos /mail instance to log in to WebISO. Select the "/mail" radio button in the Instance field of the WebISO login page and enter your /mail instance password in the Password field.

If you do not have a /mail instance, you can create one using the SCS Kerberos Instance Management application.

Additional Features

Message auto-expiration

The IMAP server now offers users the ability to configure individual mailboxes to remove messages automatically after a specified period. Messages in each mailbox with an expiration setting will be deleted when their age exceeds the expiration limit. Both SquirrelMail and Roundcube provide an interface for managing message auto-expiration settings.

Caveats:

  • Even unread messages will be deleted once they are older than the expiration date. Do not set expirations on infrequently-checked mailboxes that are likely to contain unread messages for extended periods.
  • The server uses the "Date:" header determine message age. Messages with a "Date:" header in the future will not be deleted until after the bogus date plus the expiration time passes. Conversely, messages with an incorrect "Date:" header in the past may be deleted sooner than expected. Since most messages with wildly incorrect "Date:" headers tend to be spam, this mechanism should not cause a problem for most users.
  • The interface deliberately prevents you from setting an expiration period on your "INBOX." If you have a specific need for that arrangement (for example, you regularly file all mail into to subfolders and your "INBOX" contains only unimportant or unwanted mail), please contact the SCS Help Desk, <help+@cs.cmu.edu> or x8-4231. Because of the chance that you may unexpectedly be away from your email for a long period of time, we don't advise this practice and will enable it only at your own risk.

Message auto-expiration with SquirrelMail

Set new exp The expiration options interface is available via the Webmail menubar's Options link. From there, choose the Message Expiration Options item.

The lower, Current Expiration Settings window lists mail folders for which you currently have expirations set. The default is no expiration, so this window will initially be empty. To set or reset an expiration, select the mailbox folder from the dropdown menu in the upper Set New Expiration window, enter a value (default 30 days) in the Expire after field, and click Set.

A status message will confirm that the expiration has been set on the mailbox.

Confirm rm To remove an expiration from a mailbox, click the Remove button in the lower table next to the expiration setting you wish to remove.

Again, a status message will confirm that the expiration setting has been removed.

Message auto-expiration with Roundcube

The expiration settings in Roundcube are available by choosing Settings then Folders.

    Message expiration
  1. Select the folder you would like to modify from the Folders list on the left.
  2. In the Expiration (days) box, type the number of days you would like to keep messages in the selected folder before they expire. Enter zero (0) for no expiration.
  3. Click Save.


A confirmation message will appear. Folder updated successfully

Websieve Editor

SCS Webmail service now incorporates the "Websieve" filter-script editor, also available separately.

To access Websieve from SquirrelMail, click the Filters link in the menu bar at the page top. The Websieve editor will pop open in a new window (IE) or tab (Firefox).

To access Websieve from Roundcube, click Settings and then Sieve Editor.

Note that, in its current version, the Filters page will show the Enable Spam Filtering box unchecked, even if you have activated that option. Confirm your actual setting by proceeding to the Advanced Mail Filtering page.

Additional Resources

See the Sieve in the Corvid Environment page for further detail on this system.

The following links will open in a new browser window:

SquirrelMail Webmail client
Home page for the standards-based package on which SCS Webmail is based
Roundcube Webmail client
Browser-based multilingual IMAP client with an application-like user interface
Kerberos Instance Manager
Using the SCS interface for managing Kerberos instances