[RELEASE DRAFT] Re: Going on v6.3.4

Marc MERLIN marc at merlins.org
Mon Aug 8 15:29:46 BST 2011

On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 03:37:56PM +0200, Sebastian Spaeth wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:06:13 -0700, Marc MERLIN <marc at merlins.org> wrote:
> > Also, would it be possible for the code to issue the IMAP ID command after
> > login to help catalog users and debug problems from the server side if any?
> Hi, I really want to get the current code out, so I wouldn't recommend
> new features before any release either. 
That's generally true. While generating an ID line would likely be 2 lines
of code in the right place, that code does not exist yet, so it's a moot

> I don't see much value in issueing an ID command on each login, or is
> there any?  However, would you agree that the ID command would make most

It is requested as a courtesy by imap servers for logs and better client
'Clients are strongly recommended to announce themselves with the IMAP ID
command (RFC 2971)'

Generally if you tell google or some other imap server "you have problem X
with offlineimap or imaplib", the likely first question back will be "and
how many of those are using my service?"

> sense in the hopefully-to-be-integrated diagnostics mode so we can
> output more information about the server? That would IMHO make
> sense. It could also make sense to issue this when we run offlineimap in
> debug mode. I'll track this as http://trac.sspaeth.de/issue28

That's not what I had in mind.

> Such simple commands can be issued with the current imaplib2 just fine,
> I think. There's something called "xatom" or somesuch that lets us issue
> simple commands. A patch to support this command properly should be
> going into imaplib2 though, if we are supposed to use this, I guess.

I had a quick look at imaplib2 and it has an 'id' command which is already
used by someone else to connect to Yahoo (which I was told actually requires
that id command it seems).

Either way, just so that we agree, I'm not trying to hold up this release or
saying 'offlineimap must support ID', I was just suggesting that it would be
good to add.

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