GMail IMAP server embeds easter egg?

This is from my Mail.app “Connection Doctor” when talking to GMail; I am not sure – it could be a Ricky Nelson quote, or a Reba Mcentire quote, or a morphed reference to The Office (US) …

But it is a bit weird – not on par with “Avast, ye scurvy dogs!” or whatever some places used to respond to fake HELO SMTP strings in sendmail, but nowadays we take humour where we can get it.


READ Nov 13 14:24:58.090 [kCFStreamSocketSecurityLevelNegotiatedSSL] -- host:imap.gmail.com -- port:993 -- socket:0x17a89750 -- thread:0x19113450
* CAPABILITY IMAP4rev1 UNSELECT IDLE NAMESPACE QUOTA XLIST CHILDREN XYZZY
1.23 OK Thats all she wrote! m27if606389pof.20

2 Replies to “GMail IMAP server embeds easter egg?”

  1. I guess you’ve noticed the ‘Adventure’ reference in the IMAP capabilities as well, so there’s at least one easter egg present…

  2. According to a couple of sources, the phrase, “That’s all she wrote” dates in print from the 1940s and is thought to be a response or comment on a Dear John letter (a letter breaking off a relationship).

    The phrase, “That was all she wrote,” is in the song “Lito Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs from the 1970s. I’m sure there are earlier references.

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