IMAP4 Multimailbox SEARCH Extension (RFC7377)
Original Publication Date: 2014-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Oct-14
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
B. Leiba: AUTHOR [+1]
The IMAP4 specification allows the searching of only the selected mailbox. A user often wants to search multiple mailboxes, and a client that wishes to support this must issue a series of SELECT and SEARCH commands, waiting for each to complete before moving on to the next. The commands can't be pipelined, because the server might run them in parallel and the untagged SEARCH responses could not then be distinguished from each other.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) B. Leiba Request for Comments: 7377 Huawei Technologies Obsoletes: 6237 A. Melnikov Updates: 4466 Isode Limited Category: Standards Track October 2014 ISSN: 2070-1721
IMAP4 Multimailbox SEARCH Extension
The IMAP4 specification allows the searching of only the selected mailbox. A user often wants to search multiple mailboxes, and a client that wishes to support this must issue a series of SELECT and SEARCH commands, waiting for each to complete before moving on to the next. This extension allows a client to search multiple mailboxes with one command, limiting the delays caused by many round trips and not requiring disruption of the currently selected mailbox. This extension also uses MAILBOX, UIDVALIDITY, and TAG fields in ESEARCH responses, allowing a client to pipeline the searches if it chooses. This document updates RFC 4466 and obsoletes RFC 6237.
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Melnikov Standards Track [Page 1]
RFC 7377 IMAP4 Multimailbox SEARCH Extension October 2014
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