Re: unexpected problem with icedove : hundred of storaged mails no longer have a body !
Edward Shornock wrote:
Thanks for this input. In the new profile that I have created, in which
I copied the older profile Inbox mail file, only the mails that are more
recent than Feb 13 display a subject line, that is, those mails that had
not lost their bodies in the older profile.
03.03.2010 00:21, Bernard kirjoitti:
Hi to Everyone !
What a surprise ! I have been using Thunderbird and Icedove for so long,
that it had never crossed my mind that I could suddenly lose mail.
A few things to possibly try:
-create a new profile (icedove -P) and with Icedove/Thunderbird close,
copy the mail file (probably
~/.mozilla-thunderbird/$profile/Mail/Local Folders/Inbox) to this new
-Try opening the inbox with mutt, for example "mutt -f
I had a similar problem. In my case, the profile was corrupted but the
mail itself was intact. Just one folder inhibited the strange
behaviour, and it was just a select few messages.
I wasn't able to determine what file in the profile directory was
causing the problems though...
Now, let's get back to the old profile. I have discovered huge mixups,
very puzzling things indeed. The inbox file that displays with
vi ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/$profile/Mail/Local Folders/Inbox
(same as that displayed using
mutt -f ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/$profile/Mail/Local Folders/Inbox),
easier to read with mutt
IS NOT THE SAME as what I get in Icedove when displaying the Inbox folder !
with other folders, even those that are subfolders of Inbox, I get the
same messages whether I display them in Icedove or with 'vi' or 'mutt',
but there is an exception in the Inbox main folder. Maybe not just one
exception, since the "junk" folder also seems to be out of the tracks.
Let us speak first of the "junk" folder. That folder, when being
displayed with Icedove, only shows two junk mails that I have received
today. I move that junk box to "Trash" everyday, after having checked
that is was all junk, so there should barely remain anything in it for
more than a day or so. As for the "Trash" box, I ditch its content each
time it gets bigger than 1000 messages or so. However, my
~/.mozilla-thunderbird/$profile/Mail/'Local Folder'/Junk file is as
-rw------- 1 bd bd 1193936487 mar 4 16:04 Junk
that is about 1.2 gb ! If I open it with vi or mutt, I find 112,500
messages (only 2 messages if opened in Icedove). It seems that all those
messages have bodies (I checked here and there along the list, including
old ones from 2007). Even though I could chedk no more than about 5% if
those, it seems to be only junk mail
As for the 'Inbox' folder, as displayed in Icedove, it shows 2640
message subject lines including only 60 newer messages with bodies, and
2580 older than feb 13th without bodies, none of them being junk mail.
~/.mozilla-thunderbird/$profile/Mail/'Local Folder'/Inbox file opened
with vi or mutt, shows
1729 message subject lines, none older than february 13th 2010, all with
bodies. These seem to include the 60 messages with bodies that display
in Icedove, the rest being junk mail that should normally be in the
"Junk" folder ! Some of these messages may come from the "Trash" folder,
not the "Junk" one, as I reckognized those which I ditched without going
through Junk. Ah yes, a more careful check also shows message from other
folders that are subfolders of "Inbox" !
What a mess... !!