RFC INTERNET MESSAGE ACCESS PROTOCOL – VERSION 4rev1, March Canonical URL: ; File formats . [RFC ] IMAP/POP AUTHorize Extension for Simple [RFC ] INTERNET MESSAGE ACCESS PROTOCOL – VERSION 4rev1. RFC List. RFC. Problem Solved. Plan for new Protocol. RFC Internet Message Access Protocol – Version 4. Replaced by See

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Internet Message Access Protocol

Timo Sirainen, Dave Cridland. Sending mail via an IMAP connection”. The IMAP specification has been criticised for being insufficiently strict and allowing behaviours that effectively negate its usefulness. Through the use of flags defined in the IMAP4 protocol, clients can keep track of message state: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The hard bit will be extra things like metadata, condstore, which rfcc doesn’t seem to consider – so it’s incomplete. Email Unicode and email. 350 want token based access so you can authenticate once and then re-connect with the same token, at least during the same “session”.

This will need to be addressed in individual sections. Also need to handle the case of “partial IO error” – where data exists but can not be returned immediately for some reason.


It defines several new access control rights and clarifies which rights are required for different IMAP commands. The user retrieves the messages with an e-mail client that uses imao of a number of e-mail retrieval protocols.

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Will need an Access Control mechanism. Omap from the original on Would love to make this more general – sort by a somewhat arbitrary function on the message. BURL is too complex from a “interacting systems, firewalls and authentication methods” perspective.

inap Set a baseline of “required supported features” to get a better experience. However, a few extensions require the server to know whether a client supports that extension.

These flags are stored on the server, so different clients accessing the same mailbox at different times can detect state changes made by other clients.

This draft was based upon the following earlier specifications: No copies of the original interim protocol specification or its software exist.

Make it easy to not only get status data, but to get a list of which folders have changed since last request. Multiple mailbox support also allows servers to provide access to shared and public folders. But this one has a problem, it doesn’t let you sort across folders, which makes it only half the solution.

While some clients and servers preferentially use vendor-specific, proprietary protocols[3] almost all support POP and IMAP for retrieving e-mail – allowing many free choice between many e-mail clients such as Pegasus Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird to access these servers, and allows the clients to be used with other servers.


Views Read Edit View history. In contrast, the IMAP protocol specifically allows simultaneous access by multiple clients and provides mechanisms for clients to detect changes made to the mailbox by other, concurrently connected, clients. Reflecting the experience of earlier Internet protocols, IMAP4 defines an explicit mechanism by which it may be extended. Specify quota and ACL handling currently different for keywords and annotations.

However, the specification also allows these UIDs to be invalidated with no restrictions, practically defeating their purpose. The Internet Message Access Protocol is an Application Layer Internet protocol that allows an e-mail client to access e-mail on a remote mail server.

Was there really a point? This document replaces RFC Yet another axis of data – need to merge with keywords and regularise. This document is a revision of RFC

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