Mail Spool Problems / IMAP

Chris Maness chris at
Tue Apr 8 20:29:14 UTC 2008

> On Tuesday 08 April 2008 21:32:45 Jerry McAllister wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 11:42:41AM -0700, Chris Maness wrote:
>>> On Tue, 8 Apr 2008, Chuck Swiger wrote:
>>>> On Apr 8, 2008, at 10:50 AM, Chris Maness wrote:
>>>>> How is this header look?  I am not quite sure of what I am looking for.
>>>> That seems to be fine.  If it was corrupted, you'd see a line or a few
>>>> lines of obvious binary garbage...
>>>> --
>>>> -Chuck
>>> It does seem like something something is corrupt.  What can I do to reset
>>> everything and restore everything so that thunderbird can read my inbox
>>> again.  I have contempalted deleting the user, but I'm not sure if that
>>> will delete what ever is corrupted.
>> Very often it is only one character out of place.   Each header should
>> start with  'From' in the beginning of a line
> Since you mention one character, it should actually be starting with 'From '
> and any line that starts with 'From ' that is not the start of a mail should
> be changed to '>From ' before ending up in the mbox file.
> This test weeds it out, allthough there's still room for false positives,
> easily resolved by the human brain:
> grep '^From ' /var/mail/myloginname |grep -v '200[78]$'
> -- 
> Mel
> Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
>    and never get to the software part.

Actually, the mail that is in /var/mail/chris gets moved to 

Before it gets moved, it does not have this placeholder header.  It only 
has the headers of e-mail sent since the last time mail was checked and 
moved to the mbox file.

Also, none of headers in the mbox have the chicken lips ">" not even the 
first one that I posted.

Wouldn't these issues be rectified if I deleted the mbox file and started 
from scratch?

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