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imap_num_recentGets the number of recent messages in current mailbox


imap_num_recent(IMAP\Connection $imap): int

Gets the number of recent messages in the current mailbox.



An IMAP\Connection instance.

Return Values

Returns the number of recent messages in the current mailbox, as an integer.


Version Description
8.1.0 The imap parameter expects an IMAP\Connection instance now; previously, a valid imap resource was expected.

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User Contributed Notes 4 notes

rok at ipunkt dot biz
21 years ago
The num_recent value does all the work it has to do. It returns only a number if the mail is not touched any time before.
jhoglin at digital-elephant dot com
20 years ago
If you would like to skip the update of recent messages use the OP_READONLY flag when you open to check for new messages.
dizzy at roedu dot net
21 years ago
of course it doesnt. because "recent" does NOT mean "unseen" . they are different. for Maildir users, recent means messages found in the "new" subdir (which are moved to "cur" on the first opening of the Inbox). "unseen" are the messages you guys probably want (messages which have never been read).
stephane-wantiez at tiscalinet dot be
21 years ago
Note that if you close your imap connexion, it seems that all the recents messages are no more recents...
So it's not very useful for a webmail...
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