fetchmail + mutt + maildir => lost messages

Matthew Dillon dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Wed Apr 20 11:15:23 PDT 2005

:Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
:> On Wed, Apr 20, 2005 at 05:32:09PM +0000, Johannes Hofmann wrote:
:>> This has probably nothing to do with DragonFly, but for the second
:>> time now I have lost all emails in my maildir-based inbox. 
:>> Last time it happend was about 3 months ago, so this is nothing new.
:>> Both times I was using mutt (browsing/moving mails), while fetchmail 
:>> was getting new mail, which is delivered using qmail-inject.
:>> Both times fsck did not show any problems.
:>> Is anyone else seeing this?
:> Are you using soft updates and had a power outage?
:Yes I'am using soft updates, but I had no power outage. The messages were
:just lost while mutt was running. The first time it happend, I thought I
:might have pressed some weird keys that caused mutt to delete the messages,
:but afterwards I have remapped all delete functions to only move the mail
:to a "deleted" folder. But now the messages are gone again and they are not
:in the "deleted" folder. The only explanation I can think of is that 
:there is some subtlety with the maildir handling. I found something
:about maildir file name collisions at 
:but I don't think it explains the loss of a whole bunch of messages.
:  Johannes

    maildir as in one message per file?  Or mbox-format with multiple messages
    per file ?

    If it is one message per file and you are losing bunches of them then it is
    indeed very odd.

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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