Re-e-mailing, sorry, just realised I replied to Robert, not the entire group :-(

Robert just got this one today.

A customer has phoned who has replaced or updated their Apple 'stuff' (including iPhone 8 just purchased) and the identical settings that work on the older Apple based devices, as well as Outlook based PCs, work fine with IMAP (internal port 143 and external port 10143), but the newer IOS based devices just do not work. iPhone 8 does not let you downgrade to earlier OS either, which is something the customer was thinking of doing.

Once again either Apple or Microsoft have 'moved the goal posts' expecting everyone else in the world to be forced to move with them.

They are reporting issues on-line also with MS server and Office 365 so will be hoping we have some kind of good result quickly from Apple as this will only get worse as more people update and find their e-mail is 'dead in the water'.

On 04/11/17 06:19, Robert Giles wrote:
Apologies for bumping Joseph Tam's rather old thread, but I'm wondering if anyone has come up with a workaround/fix for this problem that iOS clients (10.3.3, 11.0.3, 11.1?) continue to exhibit?


On 10/28/2016 at 03:49 PM, Joseph Tam wrote:
I frequently see this from my iPhone/iPad IMAP users:

     Oct 24 21:30:55 server dovecot: imap-login: Login: user=<user>, ...
     [... repeated 10 times ...]
     Oct 24 21:32:54 server dovecot: imap-login: Maximum number of connections from user+IP exceeded (mail_max_userip_connections=12): user=<user>
     Oct 24 21:32:54 server dovecot: imap(user): Logged out ...
     [... repeated 11 times ...]

These bursts of logins/max/logouts would cycling on for a few minutes.
Googling this problem seems to turn up lots of similar complaints about
iOS mail mail clients. e.g.

iOS mail readers do not limit connections limit as other mailreaders
can.  I could increase mail_max_userip_connections, but that just moves
the goal posts.

Using the new rawlog feature in 2.2.26 (thanks Dovecot team!), I was able
to see that these connection bursts are caused by clients doing global
searches.  The rawlogs show each mailbox being SELECT'd and searched
(e.g. From header string):

     1477369968.730450 2 ID ("name" "iPad Mail" "version" "13G36" "os" "iOS" "os-version" "9.3.5 (13G36)")
     1477369968.781932 3 SELECT {mailbox}
     1477369968.961636 4 UID SEARCH RETURN (COUNT) 1:* NOT DELETED
     1477369969.006087 5 UID SEARCH RETURN (ALL) 1:* NOT DELETED
     1477369969.052701 6 UID SEARCH RETURN (ALL) {search-term} NOT DELETED
     1477369974.624153 7 LOGOUT


     1) How does this affect the user?  I heard from one user that it
     makes global searches unusable because his reader just spins its
     wheel.  I'm not sure whether this is impatience or this results
     in failed searches.

     2) Is there a client-side fix (e.g. connection limiting)?
     Apple appears to be intransigent on addressing this.

     3) Will maintaining search indices (e.g. solr) help with this?
     Maybe the searches are taking too long and the connections pile
     up waiting for previous searches to finish.

Joseph Tam <>


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