[clug] Mysterious mbox behaviour

Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au
Fri Nov 14 14:13:38 EST 2003

We once had a bug in a Sun mail client where one type of path header
would get doubled (and doubled, and doubled, and doubled) each time
the user saved any changes (ironically, they were deleting mail because
they were filling up the mail spool).

That was a really long time ago though...

Though it sounds like kmail might be doing something like leaving stuff
in /var/spool/mail/yourname and using it to create the mbox. What happens
if you nuke your mail spool? Maybe run kmail through truss to see what
files it is opening? Maybe use mutt instead?

P.S. I like mutt too

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Bryan [mailto:pa_bryan at yahoo.co.uk]
Sent: Friday, 14 November 2003 1:58 PM
To: linux at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [clug] Mysterious mbox behaviour

On Fri, Nov 14, 2003 at 01:28:10PM +1100, Pearl Louis wrote:
> 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 
Not as far as I know.

> 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?

This is the exact same question I asked myself when I changed from kmail to
Mutt. I was experiencing similair problems which seemed to be caused by kmail.
Never looked back since switching. Mutt has some really nice features.

So, can you guess what my reccomendation is?


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