Patrick Nelson pnelson at
Thu Jun 12 14:56:57 EDT 2003

On Thu, 2003-06-12 at 11:39, Jure Pecar wrote:
> On 12 Jun 2003 11:17:15 -0700
> Patrick Nelson <pnelson at> wrote:
> > Had my Cyrus server lockup... not cyrus related... but when I rebooted
> > the server my users could not get their mailbox contents.
> > 
> > The error thats listed from Evolution when trying to view the, say INBOX
> > is:
> > 
> > Error while 'Opening folder imap://<username>@<servername>/INBOX': No
> > such folder INBOX
> > 
> > Looking at the /var/log/messages I see that the user authenticated and
> > then I see an error like:
> > 
> > <date time> <server> master[<pid>]: process <imapd pid> exited, signaled
> > to death by 7
> > 
> > How can I fix this?
> > 
> > 
> If you had a harddisk crash, check your binaries.
> Dump your mailboxes.db into plaintext format and see what you got there.
> Fix, undump back. (It's handy to have some other clean cyrus setup to
> compare the plaintext format; be sure not to forget the \t at the end of
> each line)
> Check other database files if they contain some weird data (strings <file>
> should reveal if any fs blocks were strangely relinked by fsck as you should
> spot parts of mails & other junk in files where they should not be)
> When you get the imap login done and imapd dies at the point of . select
> inbox, the usual culprit is the corrupted seen file. Delete it for each user
> that has problems.

Login was working fine, just when evolution tried to display the INBOX
(or any other sub-mailbox).  So I stopped cyrus-imapd and deleted all
the <user>.seen files in /var/lib/imap/user/<alpha of user>/ directories
and this worked great and my server is back up...

Thanks Jure!

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