Do I need idled on or not?

Andreas Hasenack ahasenack at
Fri Feb 10 10:11:39 EST 2006

On Fri, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:22:01AM -0500, Scott Russell wrote:
> 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.

Note that idled has nothing to do with IDLE support or not: IDLE is
always there. The only difference is in the method: without the daemon,
the check is done at some poll interval (default 60s IIRC).

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