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SubjectRe: Query: Patches break with Microsoft exchange server.
On Wed, 2010-08-11 at 10:46 -0500, Jeffrey Hundstad wrote:
> Exchange 2010 does not handle IMAP "chunking" (partial message transfer)
> correctly. Any request after about 1 megabyte of total message size
> will fail.
> Thunderbird uses this "chunking" feature to give you a status update
> while downloading large messages. The IMAP statements are of this type:
> 11 UID fetch 244477 (UID RFC822.SIZE BODY[]<20480.12288>)
> When the 20480 is larger than 1MB Exchange "claims" there is no more.
> Sigh....

I think the problem is not with the fetching -- the problem is that
Exchange lies about RFC822.SIZE before the IMAP client even starts to
fetch the message. It reports a size which is smaller than the actual
size of the message, thus leading to truncated fetches.

In Evolution we have a workaround -- we don't just stop when we get to
the reported RFC822.SIZE; we continue fetching more chunks until the
server actually stops giving us any more. It's not as efficient (because
we fall back to having only one more chunk outstanding at a time rather
than the normal three in parallel), but at least it works around this
brokenness of Exchange.

David Woodhouse Open Source Technology Centre Intel Corporation

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