idled vs. notifyd ?

Niels Dettenbach nd at
Fri Dec 12 04:28:52 EST 2014

Am Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014, 15:59:42 schrieb Patrick Goetz:
> Now that I'm going over the entire configuration in great detail, I find 
> out that idled would be pretty useful thing to have running (since we 
> use mostly the Thunderbird MUA, which supports IDLE), while I'm not even 
> sure what notifyd does.

...i try to help as far as i can here:

IDLED - as the name suggests - provides IMAP IDLE by an own process (at least 
earlier cyrus versions was able to to this without IDLED too, but not so 
"live" and more inefficient by "poll" instead of a own/dedicated process).

NOTIFYD is for "MAIL" notifications from cyrus which are disabled in case of 
no notifyd available afaik. I assume this i.e. provides "email send" 
infrastructure for i.e. SIEVE (i.e. notify rules). IF you doenst use SIEVE 
(SIEVE notify) you did not need notifyd so far (even if SIEVE offers very 
interesting features in many scenarios).

hth a bit,


 Niels Dettenbach
 Syndicat IT & Internet

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