Is user lock-out required for backend xfers?
wes at umich.edu
Tue Mar 17 20:40:21 EDT 2009
On 17 Mar 2009, at 11:26, Matt Selsky wrote:
> Quoting Wesley Craig <wes at umich.edu>:
>> I'm pretty sure this is because neither the frontends nor the clients
>> are able to intelligently handle the kinds of transient errors that
>> are returned. Frontend improvements might be possible. Client
>> improvements are Sisyphean.
> What could the frontends do that would be better?
Lie? Try again? Not having any reason to look closely at the
problem lately, I can't say for sure what the proper solution might
be. But the frontend *can* tell what's happening, i.e., there are
some distinct states that the xfer'ing mailbox progresses through.
For each of those cases, the frontend can probably do something
smart, e.g., retry, make the MUA wait until the mailbox is again in
an accessible state, something else that might become apparent
looking at the code.
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