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Simple New Mail Notification (RFC4146)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127241D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-18
Document File: 6 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Gellens: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo documents a long-standing technique, supported by a large number of mail servers, which allows users to be notified of new mail. In addition to server support, there are a number of clients that support this, ranging from full email clients to specialized clients whose only purpose is to receive new mail notifications and alert a mail client.

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Network Working Group                                         R. Gellens
Request for Comments: 4146                                      QUALCOMM
Category: Informational                                      August 2005


                      Simple New Mail Notification

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).

Abstract

   This memo documents a long-standing technique, supported by a large
   number of mail servers, which allows users to be notified of new
   mail.  In addition to server support, there are a number of clients
   that support this, ranging from full email clients to specialized
   clients whose only purpose is to receive new mail notifications and
   alert a mail client.

   In brief, the server sends the string "nm_notifyuser" CRLF to the
   finger port on the IP address (either configured or last used) of the
   user who has received new mail.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  Conventions Used in this Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
   3.  Simple Mail Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   4.  Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   5.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   7.  Acknowledgments  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3


Gellens                      Informational                      [Page 1]
RFC 4146              Simple New Mail Notification           August 2005


1.  Introduction

   There is a long-standing technique supported by a large number of
   mail servers that allows users to be notified of new mail.  In
   addition to server support, there are a number of clients that
   support this, ranging from full email clients to specialized clients
   whose only purpose is to receive new mail notifications and alert a
   mail client.  This technique is sometimes known as "notify mail"
   (after a shareware client of the same name), "biff", and the "finger
   hack".

2.  Conventions Used in This Document

   In examples, "C:" indicates lines sent by the client, and "S:"
   indicates those sent by the server.  Line breaks within a command
   example are for editorial purposes only.  Line breaks in the protocol
   are indicated by "CRLF".

3.  Simple Mail Notification

   With this technique, the server sends the string "nm_notifyuser"
   immediately followed by CRLF to the finger port on the IP address for
   the use...