[Dovecot] Problems restoring from dump
skdovecot at smail.inf.fh-bonn-rhein-sieg.de
Thu Sep 21 16:22:30 EEST 2006
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On Wed, 20 Sep 2006, Paul Lathrop wrote:
> Mark Adams wrote:
>> Are the subject lines/body scrambled in any other clients? try mutt for
>> Are the headers mixed up aswell?
> Strangely enough, they aren't! What could be happening? Does this mean
> the problem is with Thunderbird?
Hmm, I had such a problem once with both Mozilla and Thunderbird, but you
said you've purged the local copy. BTW: There are two files per mailbox, a
*.msf and one without extension, you need to delete both, the msf is the
index, but also stores the settings, like download status.
The problem was that the user had more than 2GB mail in INBOX, what let
the local storage (mbox) of both applications crash silently. When
restarted the complete file was mixed up, some mails OK, some headers
only, some header and body mixed up.
This can happen anytime, I've noted, when the sync process is interrupted
very heavily, e.g. when you terminate mozilla during sync. I later tested
this with a smaller mailbox as well.
The solution was:
a) move some mails to lower the INBOX below 2GB manually in the Maildir,
b) remove the INBOX cache on the client.
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