[Dovecot] Strange POP3 problem...

Ken A ka at pacific.net
Tue Aug 29 17:35:34 EEST 2006

an example...

> From hti95kgev at rediffmail.com  Thu May  4 04:47:30 2006  
> Return-Path: <hti95kgev at rediffmail.com>                 
> ... removed received lines...      
> Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 04:47:04 -0700
> From: hti95kgev at rediffmail.com
> Message-Id: <200605041147.k44Bl45Z032284 at thing.pacific.net>           
> ... removed received lines...
> X-UID: 24
> Status: RO


Mike Cisar wrote:
> I've been having this problem for a long time now.  It started when I first
> began to use Dovecot (0.9x) and seems to have been occurring more and more
> frequently as we've progressed through the betas and now into RC7.  I have
> been kind of chaulking it up to a "user issue" since the problem only seems
> to occur for one user (who has one machine at his office, and one at his
> weekend cabin... problem occurs with equal frequency on both of his
> machines).  Lately it's been occurring about once every couple of days, but
> still nothing that I have been able to reproduce with any particular email
> or frequency.  
> However as luck would have it the problem occurred today while I was onsite
> at the client's office so I was at least able to see that end of things at
> the same time.
> Essentially the user will have a number of messages in their mailbox (today
> for example 13) the download of mail will go just fine until one particular
> message and then the download will just stop, eventually returning an error
> message.  Trying to receive mail again will retrieve messages 1-9 again and
> fail in the same spot.  If you log in via IMAP and delete the following
> message (ie. the message after the one that was last received) you can then
> POP for mail again and the remaining messages in the mailbox will download.
> In the log all we see is the following (over and over)...
> Aug 28 16:14:51 mail dovecot: pop3-login: Login: user=<xxxxx>, method=PLAIN,
> rip=vvv.www.xxx.yyy, lip=vvv.www.xxx.yyy
> Aug 28 16:15:32 mail dovecot: POP3(xxxxx): Disconnected top=0/0,
> retr=9/170375, del=0/13, size=1349520
>>From the client side I get the following in Outlook Express...
> "Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection..."  "...POP3,
> Server Response: '+OK 795 octets'..."
> Interestingly 795 bytes is the size of the "bad" email (the one that won't
> download).
> Any thoughts?
> Cheers,
>>>>>> Mike <<<<<

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