[clug] Mysterious mbox behaviour
pearl.louis at anu.edu.au
Fri Nov 14 13:28:10 EST 2003
I've noticed that my large mbox mailboxes hadn't been decreasing in size
though I've been going through and pruning messages and I could have sworn
that I had deleted enough messages to make some difference.
So thinking there might be something wrong (maybe some corruption or whatever)
I went and opened the mailbox in a text editor. First weird thing, found
some large messages that kmail insists is not anywhere in the mailbox. I
deleted them in the text editor, kmail says it needs to redo the index, fine.
And all the messages that I've deleted, even some I deleted *over a month
ago*, suddenly *reappear*. Now as far as I understand it, when you delete a
message from a mbox mailbox you just delete that part out of a text file
essentially. But obviously what has been happening is that when I delete a
mail it is disappearing from kmail's mailbox index but not from the mbox file
itself (and kmail compacts all the mailboxes automatically everytime you exit
and I always empty the trash).
Does anyone have any idea of what's going on here? Is this normal behaviour
on the type of mbox (if it is it's really stupid - what's the use of deleting
mail to save space then?!!). Or is it just kmail acting stupidly? I have a
suspicion that it might be kmail because only the message I deleted since I
started using kmail re-appear. I guess the question is - should I start
using maildir mailboxes or should I find a new mail program?
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