[Mageia-discuss] Problems with Local Mail

andre999 andre999mga at laposte.net
Tue Jun 26 09:49:54 CEST 2012

Anne Wilson a écrit :
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> On 26/06/12 07:52, andre999 wrote:
>> Anne Wilson a écrit :
>>> On 25/06/12 11:55, Doug Laidlaw wrote:
>>>> On Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:36:56 +0100 Anne Wilson<annew at kde.org>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1
>>>>> Plain M2 :-)  Every time I started Thunderbird I got a
>>>>> message that it couldn't locate the local mail spool (can't
>>>>> remember the exact words). Assuming it meant
>>>>> /var/spool/mail/anne, I touched that, owned anne:mail (I
>>>>> tried root, too), but now the message is "Unable to truncate
>>>>> spool file /var/spool/mail/anne".
>>>>> I don't have the problem on the Cauldron netbook, so I
>>>>> checked there, and there is no /var/spool/mail/anne - so I
>>>>> guess something has changed wrt local mail.  Are we now
>>>>> talking about ~/.local/share/local-mail/ ?  What do I need to
>>>>> do now?
>>>>> Anne - --
>>>> /var/spool/mail/anne is the system mailbox for user anne.
>>>> Thunderbird will be putting your mail somewhere else.  I
>>>> suspect that it will be a dot-directory under /home/anne,
>>>> perhaps a subdirectory of your .mozilla directory.
>>>> I think that TB uses the mbox file format.  That means that
>>>> your inbox will be one big file.  Perhaps TB is trying to
>>>> delete the old mails, hence "truncate."
>>> That makes sense, yes.  I had assumed that it was talking about
>>> system messages, which I would expect to be in
>>> /var/spool/mail/anne.
>>> I am using IMAP - not Disconnected IMAP - IOW, I don't store mail
>>>   locally (though I did previously), so that shouldn't be the
>>> problem. All the same, I'll give it some thought.
>>> Thanks
>>> Anne - --
>> If you are using IMAP, by default it will download a message each
>> time you view it, instead of downloading once and leaving it on
>> your computer.  (The plus is easier access from different
>> computers.) I don't know how mozilla (thunderbird or seamonkey)
>> deals with IMAP, but if a message is larger than the message size
>> download limit, that could be the problem. With seamonkey the
>> message size limit is set under account_preferences/disk_space.
>> (free translation from french) I imagine that thunderbird uses a
>> similar location
>> With POP3 (which I use), it downloads the beginning of an oversized
>>   message and displays "truncated.  If you click on the link
>> displayed, it will then downloads the entire message, then deletes
>> the partial message that was first downloaded. Maybe checking
>> ~/.mozilla/thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.*/Mail/{accountname}/inbox or
>> similar will give you some clues.
> Good suggestion, but the message popup was seen as Thunderbird
> started, not during downloading.  Although I think it is "cured" I'd
> really like to know what was happening.  Still....

Doesn't Thunderbird automatically check messages when you start it ?
(That is the default, isn't it ?)

So if it happened to encounter an oversized message ?
Alternately, the suggestions by others regarding a locally installed 
email agent...

> Anne
> - -- 


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