Re: imap mailbox killer
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On Thu, 31 Aug 2000, Buddha Buck wrote:
> I don't use pine or imap, but the school hosting my mailbox uses imap.
> The behavior I saw:
> Using POP to copy new mail to my workstation at work (running Eudora)
> seemed to cause ipop3d to crash without properly cleaning up -- $MAIL.lock
> still around, messages not marked as old, etc. Telnetting in, and mucking
> around in $MAIL by hand revealed the messages preceeded by nulls. Elm read
> the mailbox fine, but treated the messages preceeded by nulls as
> continuations of the previous messages. Eudora, getting the messages from
> POP3, also read the messages fine, but again with the broken messages
> tacked on to the preceeding messages. Manually deleting the nulls wasn't a
> reliable way to fix the problem.
Thanks for the description, I found it very useful.
> My school uses imap, but I didn't -directly- invoke it in this process. It
> may have been invoked by their mailer behind the scenes, though.
Not necessarily. However ipop3d and imapd both use the c-client library
for all the mail handling routines. That's where the bug is so both would
have been affected.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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