[Dovecot] 9GB of messages in /tmp

Charles Marcus CMarcus at Media-Brokers.com
Thu Jun 12 22:25:39 EEST 2008

On 6/12/2008, Daniel L. Miller (dmiller at amfes.com) wrote:
>> Well, I have a brain-dead user (using Thunderbird who
>> just won't listen when I tell them not to try to move 5000+
>> messages at one time (or if deleting, bypass the Trash), and they
>> managed to royally screw up their maildirs...

> It's never bothered me - though I'm typically on a local IMAP
> connection.  Is yours different?

TBird will sometimes barf if you try to move thousands of messages, then 
*immediately* after the drag/drop, start doing other things with your 
email (checking new messages, deleting messages, etc), without giving it 
5 or 10 seconds to finish what it is doing.

It is *much* worse about barfing with Courier than with dovecot 
though... hmmm... and I just realized, this user is still on Courier (we 
are slowly migrating all of them over - almost done, but not quite)... 
crap... so it wasn't dovecots fault, most likely...

> The only way to determine if the messages are the same would be to do
> a full-text comparison, per message. Not fun. Tell the user they get
 > to enjoy processing their mail by hand - an object lesson in why they
 > should listen to their sysadmin.

Heh... she's been working on it for about half an hour... I just thought 
I'd see if I could save her some trouble. But no, I don't feel bad about it.

And the folder that ended up with 5 copies... had 27,000 messages in it, 
when it should have about 5,000.


Best regards,


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