Forum: Ruby disconnect net/imap -- need to talk with developer

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Russell F. (Guest)
on 2006-01-26 21:22
Hi Folks,
         I guess my real question is "who looks after the IMAP module?".
I've found what appears to be a bug.  I've been beating my head against
this one all week and am finally getting a handle on what is going on
after exploring several dead ends (you all know the senario ;)

The root of my woes are that imap::disconnect can (and frequenly does)
hang leaving the thread locked up.

I have managed to mitigate this by adding timeout code to disconnect
(see below).  This seems to solve the immediate problem but does not
address the root cause.  I can now reproduce this fairly consistently
and would be happy to work with the developers to fix this properly.

here is my modified disconnect:

    # Disconnects from the server.
    def disconnect
      @sock.shutdown unless @usessl
      if ! @receiver_thread.join( 10 ) then

All I've done is add the timeout to the join call and the kill if it
nil (i.e. the join timed out).

One thing I have established is that this bug is *not* related to SSL,
the same calls hang regardless of whether or not I'm using SSL.  I've
checked the server logs and there is nothing unusual logged for the hung

In all cases where disconnect fails the following sequence happens:

     imap =, usessl ? 993 : 143, usessl)
     imap.login( user, pass)
   rescue Net::IMAP::NoResponseError

i.e. the login fails and then imap.disconnect *sometimes* hangs.
If I don't call disconnect then I bleed sockets (not surprisingly).

It would seem that some accounts hang consistently while others don't,
very strange (but good from a debugging point of view).

BTW if anyone want to get in touch with me about this I suggest you
email me at removed_email_address@domain.invalid as this is Friday here and we 
have a
long weekend and I'll be away for three day.

Cheers, Russell
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