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The folder classes all implement the nsIMsgFolder interface. There are currently three folder classes - nsLocalMailFolder, nsImapMailFolder, and nsNewsFolder. They all inherit from nsMsgDBFolder, which implements a lot of the core functionality. RSS feeds are implemented by nsLocalMailFolder.

Each line in the folder pane corresponds to a folder object.

Folders have a number of interesting attributes:

  • parent
  • subfolder
  • server
  • uri
  • flags

and methods

  • getDatabase ( how to get a database of the messages in the folder.)
  • updateFolder (gets new messages for that folder, if applicable, e.g., pop3 inboxes, imap folders, news folders, rss folders)