Bug 97577

Summary: mailcheck applet should not automatically disable itself when mail server can't be reached
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Need Real Name <josephgrossberg>
Component: gnome-appletsAssignee: Mark McLoughlin <markmc>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Version: 8.0Keywords: FutureFeature, MoveUpstream, Triaged
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Description Need Real Name 2003-06-17 21:35:36 UTC
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Description of problem:
I really like the mailcheck applet, but I think it should have a usability tweak.

When the applet cannot connect to the designated mail server, it alerts the user
with a message and then shuts itself off. 

To enable it again, I have to: 
* close the dialogue box
* right-click on the applet
* then chose preferences
* then check the "check for mail every ..." box
* and then hit "Close". 
I have to do this a good half-dozen times a day, and it's very frustrating.

I propose two enhancements to go under Preferences:

When mail server cannot be reached ...
[ ] notify user that this has occurred 
[ ] stop automatically checking for new mail

IMHO, the first one should be checked by default; current behavior is equivalent
to a checked box. Also, IMHO, the second one should *not* be checked by default;
current behavior is equivalent to a checked box.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Put an "mailcheck" inbox monitor applet on your gnome panel.
2. Choose a mail server that's down.
3. Opt to check for mail every minute 1 minutes 0 seconds.
4. Click on "Close" and wait one minute.

Actual Results:  1. I get an alert/notification that the pop mail server cannot
be reached.
2. The applet stops checking for new mail.

Expected Results:  Actual results 1 and 2 (see above) should be

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bruce Bowler 2003-10-08 20:24:18 UTC
This appears to be fixed in the gnome source tree.  See