[Dovecot] Zero-sized Maildir files on over-quota

Edgar Fuß ef at math.uni-bonn.de
Fri Jun 28 15:51:49 EEST 2013

> I'm still thinking this has more to do with your system than anything in
> Dovecot.
Yes. We were finally able to reliably reproduce this.
It looks like a strange bug in NetBSD's NFS: If you are over quota and write a small amount (probably less tha an NFS block) of data, the write() call will succeed and a following fsync() (or close()) will fail.
However, when you insert a utimes() or futimes() call after the write(), the fsync()/close() will report success.
I didn't dig into when Dovecot does that utimes() call, but it sometimes does and sometimes doesn't, explaining our problems to reproduce the bug.

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