Pine Corupting Inbox

Chris Maness chris at
Sat Apr 26 19:58:21 UTC 2008

On Sat, 26 Apr 2008, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:

> On Apr 21, 2008, at 12:53 PM, Chris Maness wrote:
>> I think that pine is corrupting my inbox, so that it is unreadable by 
>> UW-IMAPD.  When using squirrelmail after using pine I see the headers, but 
>> squirrelmail is unable to open the e-mails.
> When you read your mail with (al)pine with it picking up mail directly from 
> /var/spool/mail, (al)pine will move the mail from /var/spool/mail into 
> mailbox folders in your home directory.
> Now normally, this puts the mail in a place where it can still be picked up 
> by uw-imap server.  Indeed, under default configurations the uw-imap server 
> will perform pretty much the same action when it gets new mail out of 
> /var/spool/mail.  So when everything is working right, even reading the mail 
> locally with pine shouldn't mess things up as they have for you.
>> I switched over to alpine since I do understand that pine is no longer 
>> supported.  If other people have experienced this it would be nice to have 
>> at least a notice when it is installed.  I have used pine for almost 10 
>> years without this problem, but maybe this is an incompatability with a 
>> newer version of UW-IMAPD.
> Here is what I would do to start diagnosing my first guess at the problem:
> (1) Set up (or use) a clean vanilla user account, say fred.
> (2) Send fred mail.
> (3) log in as fred and have fred read mail with pine, with as close to a 
> default configuration as possible.
> (4) See if fred can see his mail via squirrelmail.  If so
> (5) Look around ~/fred to find where pine put the mail.
> (6) Compare the mail file locations for ~/fred and for you.
> (7) If there are difference (which is what I'm expecting), then look through 
> your .pinerc
> Post back a report about how those steps go.  If things break at step 4, then 
> still do step (5) and report that back here.
> Good luck.
> Cheers,
> -j
> -- 
> Jeffrey Goldberg              
I'll check it out. Alpine is doing the same thing.  It worlks fine for a 
bit, an then no imap clients can access the mail.  Only alpine can read 
the spool.  I am not having any problems whith other users, I will have to 
try to test the spool with a fresh user like you suggested.  I might 
use aliases to send mail to this account as well.

Chris Maness
(909) 223-9179

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