folder unreadable

Alain Spineux aspineux at
Wed Dec 12 06:17:39 EST 2007

On Dec 12, 2007 11:29 AM, Maria McKinley <maria at> wrote:
> Alain Spineux wrote:
> > On Dec 12, 2007 8:50 AM, Maria McKinley <maria at> wrote:
> >> Greetings,
> >>
> >> I am trying to figure out the best way to deal with a single folder in a
> >> users mailbox that seems to have become corrupted somehow. He is unable
> >> to access this folder from any mail client, and if I log into cyradm,
> >> and do lm the folder does not show up. However, if I go to the folder on
> >> the hard drive, it is definitely there, and I can read the email in the
> >> folder. Reconstruct does nothing.
> >
> > First backup its content :-)
> Yup, did that, but never hurts to remind to do backup, thanks.
> > Cyrus don't care of the filesystem structure, it look only for folder
> > named in mailboxes.db.
> > cyrreconstruct update mailboxes.db reading the filesystem tree.
> > But cyrreronstruct is a little broken wolking the filesystem tree.
> >
> > Did you try to reconstruct the folder itself, not from the user's INBOX ?
> I did try this, although this is a subfolder with a space in it, so not
> sure it worked so well. The folder is "user.roozbeh.Papers.Category
> Paper" I tried "reconstruct roozbeh.Papers", and it did its thing, and
> didn't complain, but the folder still isn't there. I wasn't sure how to
> deal with the space, so I tried "reconstruct roozbeh.Papers.Category\
> Paper", and got Mailbox does not exist. I tried "reconstruct
> user.roozbeh.Papers.Category Paper" and got usage: reconstruct [-r] mailbox.

should be

# cyrreconstruct -rf  "user.roozbeh.Papers.Category Paper"

-rf is an habit

> > Did you try to create a folder with the same name at the same place ?
> > Using your imap client or cyradmin ?
> >
> We were having problems with accessing this mailbox before it
> disappeared (he was able to see inside, and look at the emails, but not
> move any in or out), and at that time, we tried renaming it and moving
> it, and nothing worked. Sometime after that I moved the cyrus directory
> to a new hard drive, and when I mounted it again, I think that is when
> cyrus lost track of the folder entirely. I just tried creating the
> folder with cyradmn, and it appears to have created it, but I can't tell
> if it is empty. Is there a way to tell using cyradm if there is mail in
> a folder? Obviously, I can and will ask the user, but curious if there
> is a way to do it from cyradm. The contents of the folder still apeaar
> intact on the hard drive.
> > Do the folder show up doing a "ctl_mboxlist -d" ?
> nope, well, now it is. :-)
> thanks for your help. I'll let you know if this worked.
> ~maria
> >
> >> I'm looking for the best way to get
> >> this folder accessible again. Can I use cyradm somehow to re-import it?
> >> Or is there a way to bundle the folder on the server and import it
> >> through a mail client to a new folder? Any advice would be appreciated.
> >>
> >> thanks,
> >> maria
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Alain Spineux
aspineux gmail com
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