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IMAP URL Scheme (RFC2192)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 13 page(s) / 29K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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C. Newman: AUTHOR

Abstract

IMAP [IMAP4] is a rich protocol for accessing remote message stores. It provides an ideal mechanism for accessing public mailing list archives as well as private and shared message stores. This document defines a URL scheme for referencing objects on an IMAP server.

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Network Working Group C. Newman

Request for Comments: 2192 Innosoft

Category: Standards Track September 1997

IMAP URL Scheme

Status of this memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for

the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

IMAP [IMAP4] is a rich protocol for accessing remote message

stores. It provides an ideal mechanism for accessing public

mailing list archives as well as private and shared message stores.

This document defines a URL scheme for referencing objects on an

IMAP server.

1. Conventions used in this document

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", and "MAY"

in this document are to be interpreted as defined in "Key words for

use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels" [KEYWORDS].

2. IMAP scheme

The IMAP URL scheme is used to designate IMAP servers, mailboxes,

messages, MIME bodies [MIME], and search programs on Internet hosts

accessible using the IMAP protocol.

The IMAP URL follows the common Internet scheme syntax as defined

in RFC 1738 [BASIC-URL] except that clear text passwords are not

permitted. If : is omitted, the port defaults to 143.

An IMAP URL takes one of the following forms:

imap:///

imap:///;TYPE=

imap:///[uidvalidity][?]

imap:///[uidvalidity][isection]

The first form is used to refer to an IMAP server, the second form

refers to a list of mailboxes, the third form refers to the

contents of a mailbox or a set of messages resulting from a search,

and the final form refers to a specific message or message part.

Note that the syntax here is informal. The authoritative formal

syntax for IMAP URLs is defined in section 11.

3. IMAP User Name and Authentication Mechanism

A user name and/or authentication mechanism may be supplied. They

are used in the "LOGIN" or "AUTHENTICATE" commands after making the

connection to the IMAP server. If no user name or authentication

mechanism is supplied, the user name "anonymous" is used with the

"LOGIN" command and the password is supplied as the Internet e-mail

address of the end user accessing the resource. If the URL doesn't

supply a user name, the program interpreting the IMAP URL SHOULD

request one from the user if necessary.

An authentication mechanism can be expressed by adding

";AUTH=" to the end of the user name. When such an

is indicated, the c...