How Can I Clean Up Files That Don't Exist?

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Wed Jun 29 14:46:32 GMT 2005

On 6/28/2005 10:16 PM Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC wrote:

> On Jun 28, 2005, at 9:35 PM, Nikolas Britton wrote:
>> It looks, i'm not sure, like they're not vaild file names.
> They appear like valid filenames to me (and like the names you get  
> with courier for messages)
> The issue is that tar is getting a file list and then the user is  
> downloading (POP) or deleting or changing the status of a message  
> (like reading it -- the filename itself encodes the read, deleted,  
> etc status of a message) before tar actually archives it.  Or  
> something like that.  The file system is changing out from underneath  
> the OP.
> make a snapshot first if this is an issue.
> Chad

Thank you and Norberto for your replies.  Your explanations make sense 
for most cases but I don't think it applies to mine.  This is a small 
home system and the only mail users are myself and my wife.  Thus I had 
the luxury of stopping courier-imap and trying tar again.  Same errors.

Also, I don't think I can make a snapshot since I am on version 4.11.  
Ironically, I'm trying to get good backups so I can blow away my system 
and install version 5.4.  :)

Any other ideas?



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