Do I need idled on or not?

Scott Russell lnxgeek at
Fri Feb 10 08:22:01 EST 2006

Simon Matter wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I noticed the line in cyrus.conf below which was commented previously
>> and now included in SuSE 10.0:
>> # this is only necessary if using idled for IMAP IDLE
>> idled         cmd="idled"
>> The IMAP IDLE feature sounds like a good idea - do any mail clients
>> support it yet.  If so I will probably leave it on.  Does this mean I
>> can tell my e-mail clients using IMAP not to check for new mail?
> At least current Mozillas (Thunderbird, Seamonkey...) use IDLE by default.
> And it won't hurt even if clients don't use it. I don't know about M$
> products...

My 0.02 is that IDLE makes a large perceptual difference for me on 
Thunderbird 1.5. The client responds faster to mailbox changes and from 
a user UI perspective it's what I expect to happen when some other 
process changes a folder.

Scott Russell <lnxgeek at>
IBM Linux Technology Center

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