[Dovecot] mbox bug in 1.0.0

bhayden at umn.edu bhayden at umn.edu
Mon Apr 23 21:40:33 EEST 2007

Hi folks. We're moving users from rc24 and 27 to 1.0.0. On four mailboxes 
so far we've seen these errors after the move (quick and dirty anonymizing 

Apr 23 13:22:41 server.umn.edu dovecot: [ID 107833 local6.info] imap-login: 
Login: user=<USER>, pid=<9046>, method=PLAIN, rip=***.***.***.***, 
lip=***.***.***.***, TLS

Apr 23 13:22:41 server.umn.edu dovecot: [ID 107833 local6.error] [9073] 
IMAP(USER): mbox /var/mail/user: seq=1 uid=8808 uid_broken=0 originally 
needed 10 bytes, now needs 23 bytes

Apr 23 13:22:41 server.umn.edu dovecot: [ID 107833 local6.error] [9073] 
IMAP(USER): Raw backtrace: 0x7b800 -> 0x43434 -> 0x3e018 -> 0x3fc34 -> 
0x40080 -> 0x6d3cc -> 0x29a88 -> 0x21324 -> 0x214c0 -> 0x22f48 -> 0x22ec0 
-> 0x230c0 -> 0x81c18 -> 0x814e4 -> 0x2b5cc -> 0x1dc58

Points of interest:

1. I can't reproduce this. It still happens after the user's .imap 
directories are removed. If I make a copy of the mailbox on another machine 
running the same version of Dovecot with the same config, the problem 
doesn't occur. Weird.

2. So far, have only seen it on quite large mailboxes (close to or over 
100MB). Most large boxes have not had the problem, but the ones that have 
are all large.

Any thoughts? Dovecot -n output below. 

-Brian Hayden
OIT Internet Services
U of Minnesota

# dovecot -n # /etc/opt/dovecot/dovecot.conf syslog_facility: local6 
protocols: imap imaps pop3 pop3s listen(default): *:143 listen(imap): *:143 
listen(pop3): *:110 ssl_listen(default): *:993 ssl_listen(imap): *:993 
ssl_listen(pop3): *:995 ssl_cert_file: /etc/opt/openssl/certs/dovecot.pem 
ssl_key_file: /etc/opt/openssl/private/dovecot.pem shutdown_clients: no 
login_dir: /var/opt/dovecot/run/dovecot/login login_executable(default): 
/opt/dovecot/libexec/dovecot/imap-login login_executable(imap): 
/opt/dovecot/libexec/dovecot/imap-login login_executable(pop3): 
/opt/dovecot/libexec/dovecot/pop3-login login_log_format_elements: 
user=<%u> pid=<%p> method=%m rip=%r lip=%l %c login_processes_count: 32 
login_max_processes_count: 4096 max_mail_processes: 8192 first_valid_uid: 
100 default_mail_env: mbox:~/:INBOX=/var/mail/%u mail_location: 
mbox:~/:INBOX=/var/mail/%u mail_full_filesystem_access: yes 
mbox_lazy_writes: no mail_executable(default): 
/opt/dovecot/libexec/dovecot/imap mail_executable(imap): 
/opt/dovecot/libexec/dovecot/imap mail_executable(pop3): 
/opt/dovecot/libexec/dovecot/pop3 mail_plugin_dir(default): 
/opt/dovecot/lib/dovecot/imap mail_plugin_dir(imap): 
/opt/dovecot/lib/dovecot/imap mail_plugin_dir(pop3): 
/opt/dovecot/lib/dovecot/pop3 mail_log_prefix: [%p] %Us(%u): 
imap_client_workarounds(default): delay-newmail outlook-idle 
tb-extra-mailbox-sep imap_client_workarounds(imap): delay-newmail 
outlook-idle tb-extra-mailbox-sep imap_client_workarounds(pop3): 
outlook-idle pop3_uidl_format(default): pop3_uidl_format(imap): 
pop3_uidl_format(pop3): %08Xu%08Xv namespace:
  type: private
  separator: /
  location: mbox:~/:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
  inbox: yes
  hidden: yes
auth default:
  username_format: %Lu
  verbose: yes
  debug: yes
    driver: pam
    args: session=yes *
    driver: passwd

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