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10.5: Avoid Mail's 'no sound for new messages' bug
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Dec 29, '08 09:50:26PM
Activating IDLE for my Gmail-hosted accounts always required me to manually synchronize mailboxes or refresh them by switching to another mailbox and back to the Inbox.

When you set up IDLE did you turn off periodic checking at the same time? IDLE actually has a timeout, after which a full check is necessary to get it set up again. While it would be nice for this to happen automatically, it doesn't seem to.

I seem to recall seeing somewhere that the timeout is something like 29 minutes. I know when I set the 'check for new mail' frequency to 30 minutes IDLE seems to stop working. Setting it to 15 minutes and IDLE seems to work exactly like it is supposed to. i.e. anytime email arrives I'm instantly notified, even if it is outside that 15 minutes check time.

I've noticed a lot of sites recommending changing the automatic check interval to something very high, or even off, when setting up an IDLE account. In my experience that never works, but using anything less than 30 minutes seems to work just fine.

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10.5: Avoid Mail's 'no sound for new messages' bug
Authored by: nickv2002 on Jan 12, '09 06:14:48PM

I've had similar problems as described above (basically not getting alerts for new messages at all until I initiated some connection to the server).

In particular I noticed this after my computer went to sleep (obviously it would time out during this period). In this case, I'm not sure that setting your interval to just under 30 minutes will help because you'd potentially have to wait almost that amount of time for mail to do a full check and resume the IDLE.

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