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imap_reopen — Reopen a stream to a new mailbox


bool map_reopen(connection, mailbox[, flags]);
int connection: IMAP connection ID
string mailbox: Mailbox
int flags (optional): Connection options


TRUE on success; FALSE on error


Reopens a connection to a new mailbox using the current IMAP connection identifier. If the connection is to an NNTP server then a new news group is opened instead.

flags can be a bitmask of the following:

OP_READONLY Open mailbox read-only
OP_ANONYMOUS Don't use of update a .newrc if using an NNTP connection
OP_HALFOPEN Open a connection but do not open a mailbox. Applies only to IMAP and NNTP
CL_EXPUNGE Automatically expunge mailbox when closed.


From versions 3.0.12 and 4.0

See also

See also: imap_popen, imap_reopen


Example 617. Connect to a new mailbox

$imap = imap_open("{localhost}mbox","graeme","inferno");

// change to new mailbox
if (!imap_reopen($imap, "archive")) {
    echo "Error. Does the mailbox exist?";

// proceed to print out headers
$headers = imap_headers($imap);
while (list ($key,$val) = each ($headers)) {
   echo $val."<br>\n";

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