[Dovecot] Outlook 2007 & 2010 hangs in v2.2?

Joseph Tam jtam.home at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 22:39:21 UTC 2014

Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi> writes:

> Has anybody noticed Outlook 2007 & 2010 (but apparently not 2013)
> hanging IMAP connections with Dovecot v2.2 (but not v2.1) when they're
> FETCHing large mails? I can't think of any reasonable explanation for
> this.

It's a shot in the dark, but I had a problem with a different client,
where semi-large attachments was problematic.

It turned out to be a TCP scaling problem.  If a router/firewall drops
packets with a TCP scaling option set, the endpoints disagree on how many
outstanding non-ACK packets are allowed, resulting in timeouts.


The Microsoft KB does hint those versions of Outlook may be affected, but
I can't figure out why there would be a difference between Dovecot 2.1
and 2.2.

Joseph Tam <jtam.home at gmail.com>

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