Mac OS X Mail: Detailed connection logging

Posted in Miscellaneous on June 11th, 2014 by Joachim – Be the first to comment

Almost every time Apple decides to release a new version of Mail I run into trouble connecting to my mail-server. This was true as Mavericks came out and now again with Yosemite. The normal activity window is not very helpful here, because it does not offer enough details about the dialog that is taking place between the client and the server.

To get a more detailed connection log, quit mail if it’s currently running and open “Terminal”. Type the following on the command line:

/Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail -LogActivityOnHost YOUR.SERVER >& ~/Desktop/ConnectionLog.txt &

Replace YOUR.SERVER with the name of the mail server you are connecting to.

This will create the file “ConnectionLog.txt” on your desktop. Here you’ll find detailed information about what is going on between the Mail-Client and the Mail-Server.

Time flies!

Posted in Miscellaneous on May 20th, 2011 by Joachim – Be the first to comment

OK … It seems that blogging isn’t made for me. It’s more than a year since my last post. How time flies!

I’ve done a lot of development for the Mac in the last year: In Mai 2010 I’ve released Version 1.5.0 of my iTunes Controller Playwatch. Then, end of June 2010, I got a project inquiry to develop a Photo Book Application for the Mac. I agreed and worked till the end of October 2010 for that project. If you like, you can have a look at the result. Three more persons worked on that project. I mainly developed the UI, except for the page editor.

After that, I did a small Project for the iPhone. It was an enhancement of an App called Kalaydo. The task was to refine the search. The App got released in January 2011.

Then I prepared my iTunes Controller Playwatch for the grand opening of the Mac AppStore. It was “Ready for Sale” on January 19. 2011. I then started developing a “light” version of Playwatch called Playwatch-Ticker. Released in February 2011.

In March and April 2011 I took some time off …. I recharged the batteries and made some thoughts about future projects.

In May 2011 I released Version 1.1.0 of Scharping. This tiny, little program reduces the speed of CD/DVD drives of Macs, while listening to Audio CDs.

Currently I’m working on a “Pro” version of Scharping. This will be a secure Digital Audio Extraction (DAE) tool, going to be released in the third quarter 2011. You might think that CDs are a thing from the past, but HIFI enthusiast still have a great need for a professional ripping tool on the Mac. I got a lot of inquiries for it so I decided to develop it.

Ok, now I know why time flew by last year …


Posted in Miscellaneous on February 14th, 2010 by Joachim – Be the first to comment

OK. Here I am. This is my first blog post ever!

Since years I’ve been thinking of my own blog, but there were always more important things to do.

From now on, I’ll write about interesting things mainly referring to developing for Mac OS X, iPhone and iPad. Sometimes you may even find posts about Java, C or C++. This depends upon the projects I’m currently working on. The posts related to development and programming are in the “Development” category. (Isn’t that amazing?)

Noteworthy things about my personal live, you’ll find in the “Personal” category.

You’re always welcome, to comment. If you criticize, please try to be constructive and helpful.