James Pittman expressed this one well in a message to the alpine-info mailing list dated 2008-07-09:
"The behaviour of Alpine (and Pine before it) during an intermittent/slow/lagged/otherwise dodgy network connection, is by far one of its (very few) weakest features and my major gripe with what has otherwise been an excellent email experience for a number of years now.
The fact that the UI freezes for seconds or minutes whenever instant and immediate access to the server disappears, even briefly, makes for nothing but frustration. I know that it has always been beyond the remit of (Al)pine to be an "offline" client and some of the side-effects associated with this architectural decision have been dealt with by mail-drop, but in cases where mail-drop is otherwise not necessary, but the occasional intermittent or slow connection is still a potential problem, which must effect many users, is there not a call for a solution?
I understand that to address this problem would most likely require there to be a separate thread for talking to the server and for UI/composition/everything else, and I appreciate that architecturally, this would be a significant alteration to the way things work at the moment, but in terms of Alpine's long-term road map, one would hope that this is an direction that the developers would be taking very seriously."
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