[Spambayes] Outlook: Setting background filtering as the default.

Mark Hammond mhammond at skippinet.com.au
Mon Dec 8 22:47:42 EST 2003

> I have a question on background mode.  Why is the second
> timer necessary?  I
> use it at the default value of 1.0 sec, and what it does is
> to process one
> message per second after Outlook downloads a pile of
> messages.  I assume
> that this is necessary or you wouldn't have gone to the
> trouble of adding
> it, but it does slow things down a lot when you download a
> bunch of messages
> at once.

It seemed the best way to implement it (and I got the idea on another
project).  For my mail, having a 1 second start delay did not give enough
time - mail often comes in at the rate of about 1 per second (when
downloading in "background" mode), so conficts with the rules were still
common.  I expect that some dialup users would find 2 seconds too slow.

If we then stick with a single timer value, I end up with *all* messages
being processed at one per 2 seconds.  When mail delivery has stopped,
watching them get moved at this rate is pretty painful - hence the second
timer.  The intention of the second timer is "once mail delivery has
stopped", but there is no way (I know) to get that event from Outlook.


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