[Dovecot] assertion failed: (need_space == (uoff_t)-mails[idx].space)

David King dking at ketralnis.com
Tue Nov 21 19:14:52 UTC 2006

After much frustration I finally deleted all of the .imap directories  
in the mbox directory tree and the problem seems to have gone away.

-- David

On 12 Nov 2006, at 03:19, Timo Sirainen wrote:

> On Sat, 2006-11-11 at 23:15 -0800, David King wrote:
>> I'm running Dovecot dovecot-1.0.r13 on FreeBSD (FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE-
>> p10). Mail is stored in mbox format (dovecot.conf after the msg).
> I fixed one reason for this in rc11, but I don't know why it would
> happen in rc13 anymore..
>> In dovecot.conf I have mail_drop_priv_before_exec = no, but I can't
>> find the core file that I would expect it to dump, so I can't give
>> you a backtrace. Hopefully the assertion in /var/log/maillog is  
>> enough.
> You need to have mail_drop_priv_before_exec=yes to get the core files,
> and ulimit -c set to be high enough before starting dovecot.
>> With ~/.mail/Cron perpetually locked, I'm not able to receive mail in
>> this folder, and with any IMAP client that tries to access that
>> folder having the IMAP server shut down, it keeps me from getting
>> mail. Any ideas?
> If it happens only for that one mailbox, can you easily reproduce the
> crash then? If so, could you put the mbox file through
> http://dovecot.org/tools/mbox-anonymize.pl and send it to me? There's
> something in the mbox that Dovecot doesn't seem to like.
>>    passdb pam {
>>    }
>>    userdb passwd {
>>    }
>>    userdb prefetch {
>>    }
> BTW. There's no use to have prefetch there, since passwd will  
> always get
> used before that.

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