IMAP4 Extension to SEARCH Command for Controlling What Kind of Information Is Returned
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|Authors||Dave Cridland , Alexey Melnikov|
|Last updated||2015-10-14 (Latest revision 2006-06-12)|
|RFC stream||Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)|
|IESG||IESG state||RFC 4731 (Proposed Standard)|
|Responsible AD||Ted Hardie|
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Internet Draft A. Melnikov Document: draft-melnikov-imap-search-ret-03 Isode Ltd Expires: December 2006 D. Cridland Inventure Systems Ltd June 2006 IMAP4 extension to SEARCH command for controlling what kind of information is returned draft-melnikov-imap-search-ret-03 Status of this Memo By submitting this Internet-Draft, each author represents that any applicable patent or other IPR claims of which he or she is aware have been or will be disclosed, and any of which he or she becomes aware will be disclosed, in accordance with Section 6 of BCP 79. Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet- Drafts. Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." The list of current Internet-Drafts can be accessed at http://www.ietf.org/ietf/1id-abstracts.txt The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html. A revised version of this draft document will be submitted to the RFC editor as a Standard Track RFC for the Internet Community. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested, and should be sent to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Abstract This document extends IMAP (RFC 3501) SEARCH and UID SEARCH commands with several result options, which can control what kind of information is returned. The following result options are defined: minimal value, maximal value, all found messages and number of found messages. Table of Contents 1. Conventions Used in this Document 2 2. Introduction 3 3. IMAP Protocol Changes 3 3.1 SEARCH/UID SEARCH Commands 3 4. Formal Syntax 6 5. Security Considerations 7 6. IANA Considerations 7 7. References 7 7.1 Normative References 7 7.2 Informative References 8 8. Acknowledgments 8 9. Author's Addresses 8 10. Full Copyright Statement 8 11. Intellectual Property 9 12. Appendix A. Editorial. 9 12.1 Change Log 9 12.2 Open Issues for Discussion 10 1. Conventions Used in this Document In examples, "C:" and "S:" indicate lines sent by the client and server respectively. The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [KEYWORDS]. <<Editorial comments and questions are enclosed like this>> 2. Introduction [IMAPABNF] extended SEARCH and UID SEARCH commands with result specifiers (also known as result options), which can control what kind of information is returned. A server advertising the X-DRAFT-I02-ESEARCH <<fix before publication>> capability supports the following result options: minimal value, maximal value, all found messages and number of found messages. These result options allows clients to get SEARCH results in more convenient forms, while also saving bandwidth required to transport the results, for example finding the first unseen message or returning the number of unseen or deleted messages. Also, when a single MIN or a single MAX result option is specified, servers can optimize execution of SEARCHes. 3. IMAP Protocol Changes 3.1 New SEARCH/UID SEARCH result options The SEARCH/UID SEARCH commands are extended to allow for the following result options: MIN Return the lowest message number/UID that satisfies the SEARCH criteria. If the SEARCH results in no matches, the server MUST NOT include the MIN result option in the ESEARCH response, however it still MUST send the ESEARCH response. MAX Return the highest message number/UID that satisfies the SEARCH criteria. If the SEARCH results in no matches, the server MUST NOT include the MAX result option in the ESEARCH response, however it still MUST send the ESEARCH response. ALL Return all message numbers/UIDs that satisfy the SEARCH criteria. Unlike regular (unextended) SEARCH, the messages are always returned using the sequence-set syntax. A sequence- set representation may be more compact and can be used as is in a subsequent command that accepts sequence-set. Note, the client MUST NOT assume that messages/UIDs will be listed in any particular order. If the SEARCH results in no matches, the server MUST NOT include the ALL result option in the ESEARCH response, however it still MUST send the ESEARCH response. COUNT Return number of the messages that satisfy the SEARCH criteria. This result option MUST always be included in the ESEARCH response. If one or more result option described above is specified, the extended SEARCH command MUST return a single ESEARCH response [IMAPABNF], instead of the SEARCH response. An extended UID SEARCH command MUST cause a ESEARCH response with the UID indicator present. Note that future extensions to this document can allow servers to return multiple ESEARCH responses for a single extended SEARCH command. These extensions will have to describe how results from multiple ESEARCH responses are to be amalgamated. If the list of result options is empty, that requests the server to return an ESEARCH response instead of the SEARCH response. This is equivalent to "(ALL)". Example: C: A282 SEARCH RETURN (MIN COUNT) FLAGGED SINCE 1-Feb-1994 NOT FROM "Smith" S: * ESEARCH (TAG "A282") MIN 2 COUNT 3 S: A282 OK SEARCH completed Example: C: A283 SEARCH RETURN () FLAGGED SINCE 1-Feb-1994 NOT FROM "Smith" S: * ESEARCH (TAG "A283") ALL 2,10:11 S: A283 OK SEARCH completed The following example demonstrates finding the first unseen message as returned in the UNSEEN response code on a successful SELECT command: Example: C: A284 SEARCH RETURN (MIN) UNSEEN S: * ESEARCH (TAG "A284") MIN 4 S: A284 OK SEARCH completed The following example demonstrates that if the ESEARCH UID indicator is present, all data in the ESEARCH response is referring to UIDs, for example the MIN result specifier will be followed by an UID. Example: C: A285 UID SEARCH RETURN (MIN MAX) 1:5000 S: * ESEARCH (TAG "A285") UID MIN 7 MAX 3800 S: A285 OK SEARCH completed The following example demonstrates returning the number of deleted messages: Example: C: A286 SEARCH RETURN (COUNT) DELETED S: * ESEARCH (TAG "A286") COUNT 15 S: A286 OK SEARCH completed 3.2 Interaction with CONDSTORE extension When the server supports both the X-DRAFT-I02-ESEARCH <<fix before publication>> and the CONDSTORE [CONDSTORE] extension, and the client requests one or more result option described in section 3.1 together with the MODSEQ search criterion in the same SEARCH/UID SEARCH command, then the server MUST return the ESEARCH response containing the MODSEQ result option (described in the following paragraph) instead of the extended SEARCH response described in section 3.5 of [CONDSTORE]. If the SEARCH/UID SEARCH command contained a single MIN or MAX result option, the MODSEQ result option contains the mod-sequence for the found message. If the SEARCH/UID SEARCH command contained both MIN and MAX result options and no ALL/COUNT option, the MODSEQ result option contains the highest mod-sequence for the two returned messages. Otherwise the MODSEQ result option contains the highest mod-sequence for all messages being returned. Example: The following example demonstrates how Example 15 from [CONDSTORE] would look in the presence of one or more result option: C: a1 SEARCH RETURN (MIN) MODSEQ "/flags/\\draft" all 620162338 S: * ESEARCH (TAG "a1") MIN 2 MODSEQ 917162488 S: a1 OK Search complete C: a2 SEARCH RETURN (MAX) MODSEQ "/flags/\\draft" all 620162338 S: * ESEARCH (TAG "a2") MAX 23 MODSEQ 907162321 S: a2 OK Search complete C: a3 SEARCH RETURN (MIN MAX) MODSEQ "/flags/\\draft" all 620162338 S: * ESEARCH (TAG "a3") MIN 2 MAX 23 MODSEQ 917162488 S: a3 OK Search complete C: a4 SEARCH RETURN (MIN COUNT) MODSEQ "/flags/\\draft" all 620162338 S: * ESEARCH (TAG "a4") MIN 2 COUNT 10 MODSEQ 917162500 S: a4 OK Search complete 4. Formal Syntax The following syntax specification uses the Augmented Backus-Naur Form (ABNF) notation as specified in [ABNF]. Non-terminals referenced but not defined below are as defined by [IMAP4], [CONDSTORE] or [IMAPABNF]. Except as noted otherwise, all alphabetic characters are case- insensitive. The use of upper or lower case characters to define token strings is for editorial clarity only. Implementations MUST accept these strings in a case-insensitive fashion. capability =/ "X-DRAFT-I02-ESEARCH" search-return-data = "MIN" SP nz-number / "MAX" SP nz-number / "ALL" SP sequence-set / "COUNT" SP number ;; conforms to the generic ;; search-return-data syntax defined ;; in [IMAPABNF] search-return-opt = "MIN" / "MAX" / "ALL" / "COUNT" ;; conforms to generic search-return-opt ;; syntax defined in [IMAPABNF] When the CONDSTORE [CONDSTORE] IMAP extension is also supported the ABNF is updated as follows: search-return-data =/ "MODSEQ" SP mod-sequence-value ;; mod-sequence-value is defined ;; in [CONDSTORE] 5. Security Considerations In general case IMAP SEARCH/UID SEARCH command can be CPU and/or IO intensive, so some sites/implementations even disable it entirely. This is quite unfortunate, as SEARCH command is one of the best examples demonstrating IMAP advantage over POP3. The ALL and COUNT return options don't change how SEARCH is working internally, they only change how information about found messages is returned. MIN and MAX SEARCH result options described in this document can lighten load on IMAP servers, which chose to optimize SEARCHes containing only one or both of them. It is believed that this extension doesn't raise any additional security concerns not already discussed in [IMAP4]. 6. IANA Considerations IMAP4 capabilities are registered by publishing a standards track or IESG approved experimental RFC. The registry is currently located at <http://www.iana.org/assignments/imap4-capabilities>. This document defines the X-DRAFT-I02-ESEARCH <<fix before publication>> IMAP capability. IANA is requested to add this capability to the registry. 7. References 7.1 Normative References [KEYWORDS] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", RFC 2119, March 1997. [IMAP4] Crispin, M., "Internet Message Access Protocol - Version 4rev1", RFC 3501, University of Washington, March 2003. [ABNF] Crocker, D. (Ed.) and P. Overell , "Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications: ABNF", RFC 4234, October 2005. [IMAPABNF] Melnikov, A. and C. Daboo, "Collected extensions to IMAP4 ABNF", RFC 4466, April 2006.. [CONDSTORE] Melnikov, A. and S. Hole, "IMAP Extension for Conditional STORE", RFC 4551, June 2006. 8. Acknowledgments Thanks to Michael Wener, Arnt Gulbrandsen, Cyrus Daboo, Mark Crispin and Pete Maclean for comments and corrections. 9. Author's Addresses Alexey Melnikov Isode Limited 5 Castle Business Village 36 Station Road Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2BX UK Email: Alexey.Melnikov@isode.com Dave A. Cridland Inventure Systems Limited Email: email@example.com URL: http://invsys.co.uk/dave/ 10. Full Copyright Statement Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2006). 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The IETF invites any interested party to bring to its attention any copyrights, patents or patent applications, or other proprietary rights that may cover technology that may be required to implement this standard. Please address the information to the IETF at ietf- firstname.lastname@example.org. 12. Appendix A. Editorial. <<Note to RFC editor: please delete this section before publication>> 12.1 Change Log 00 Initial Revision. 01 Added search correlator. Clarified what should be returned if an extended SEARCH produces no matches. Filled in "IANA considerations" section. Updated references: updated ABNF and added [IMAPABNF]. Changed semantics of the empty list of result options (now equivalent to "(ALL)". 02 Clarified that clients can expect a single ESEARCH result to any extended SEARCH command (for result options described in this document). Added more text on intended purpose of the extension. Added more examples. Updated reference to the ABNF document. 03 Clarified interaction with CONDSTORE. Multiple editorial changes to align with [IMAPABNF].