Imap idle


#1

Now that mail clients are starting to support IMAP IDLE, is there any chance that the Dreamhost server will support it too? It would cut down a lot on that polling that bothers you guys so much.


#2

I believe we already support it. Did you try it and have it not work?

  • Dallas
  • DreamHost Head Honcho/Founder

#3

I have the Thunderbird option “Use IDLE command if server suports it” set. But I still don’t get notified until I poll.


#4

It looks like we don’t have our servers configured to advertise that they support the IDLE command so Thunderbird would probably not know to use it in that case. I’ll check to see if we can change that or not.

  • Dallas
  • DreamHost Head Honcho/Founder

#5

It’s actually more important to you guys than to your users. We can just poll every few minutes to check for new mail. Of course, that means a lot of server load! I just want to be a good citizen and not poll if I can avoid it.


#6

We are going to start testing it on some of our servers. It does reduce polling, but it also means more simultaneous connections.

  • Dallas
  • DreamHost Head Honcho/Founder