telnet imap.aol.com 143In other words, AOL supports IDLE. Yippee! Of course, if I had bothered to check the IMAP Idle blog entry to find out that there's a new version of this spiffy Apple Mail plugin available, I would have known that it now tells you whether your IMAP server supports IDLE or not. D'oh! Oh well, I hope someone on the Internet finds my research useful. You're more than welcome to post here if the info above helped you in some way.
Connected to imap.cs.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
* OK imap-m08 v50_b4.1 server ready
* CAPABILITY IMAP4rev1 LITERAL+ XAOL-ENVELOPE XAOL-ENVELOPE-TF XAOL-NETMAIL XAOL-OPTION XAOL-FBR.OLD IDLE BINARY AUTH=XAOL-UAS-MB XAOL-FILTER QUOTA XAOL-REPORTSPAM XAOL-UNSEND XAOL.STATUS UIDPLUS NAMESPACE
a OK CAPABILITY completed
Thursday, September 28, 2006
I listened to the latest edition of the MacBreak Weekly podcast (or netcast... whatever) today and Leo Laporte mentioned a plugin for Apple's Mail.app program called "IMAP Idle." I did a little digging and found out that anyone can check whether their mail service's IMAP servers support IDLE (RFC 2177) using a simple telnet command. Here's what I found out about America Online's (and apparently also Compuserve's) IMAP mail service:
Posted by the JoshMeister at 11:35 PM