Mail Spool Problems / IMAP

Chris Maness chris at
Tue Apr 8 17:50:59 UTC 2008

On Tue, 8 Apr 2008, Jerry McAllister wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 05:49:16PM -0700, Chris Maness wrote:
>>> Hi, Chris--
>>> On Apr 7, 2008, at 8:52 AM, Chris Maness wrote:
>>>> I am having trouble with my imap account on my FreeBSD box.  I am using
>>>> WU-IMAP, and thuderbird.  I have been using this combo for years, and not
>>>> had any issues.  Now, my thuderbird is not displaying messages in the
>>>> inbox.  I can see them with pine, but not with IMAP clients.
>>>> (squirrelmail, thunderbird).  Pine complains about sequence error when I
>>>> send a message. I was able to get it to work for a bit by deleteing the
>>>> mbox file in my home directory, but now it is not working again.  IS
>>>> there a database or something somewhere that needs to be rebult?
>>> Can you double-check your mbox file?
>>> With the most recent 2007 version of UW-IMAP, I've seen intermittent
>>> corruption of the first line of a mbox file (ie, the "From foo" header)
>>> which causes the mbox to be unreadable by most clients until it is fixed
>>> by hand. It seems to be correlated with simultaneous write access by
>>> people who have a normal MUA and a second device like a smartphone
>>> (iPhone/Treo/BB).
>>> I've seen just over a half-dozen of these since Jan...
>>> --
>>> -Vhuvk
>> Thanks,
>> How do I check it?  Should I use another IMAP server?
> The best way is to look at the file with an editor such as vi.
> ////jerry

How is this header look?  I am not quite sure of what I am looking for.

>From MAILER-DAEMON Tue Apr  8 10:49:02 2008
Date: 08 Apr 2008 10:49:02 -0700
From: Mail System Internal Data <MAILER-DAEMON at>
Message-ID: <1207676942 at>
X-IMAP: 1207676934 4064487180 NonJunk $Forwarded Junk
Status: RO

This text is part of the internal format of your mail folder, and is not
a real message.  It is created automatically by the mail system software.
If deleted, important folder data will be lost, and it will be re-created
with the data reset to initial values.

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