rebuilt cyrus server weirdness

Simon Matter simon.matter at
Sat Mar 29 08:48:01 EDT 2008

> Hi folks
> I am running a cyrus server for a few users, mainly myself and I
> recently had a catastropic failure that led to me reconstructing the
> server from an older installation.
> OS is Ubuntu Gutsy, Cyrus 2.2
> I copied /var/lib/cyrus and /var/spool/cyrus back and followed the
> instructions here to get my databases back. this works fine in
> principle, but leaves me with this problem:
> In my Thunderbird I see a bunchload of empty messages, that show read,
> unread, replied, forwarded marks and nothing else. no subject, no
> contents.
> When I try to delete on I get an error message that the IMAP server
> reported an IO error and syslog says: Mar 29 01:33:41 collab
> cyrus/imap[26479]: IOERROR: opening 3056.: No such file or directory
> This screenshot here ( shows in
> the background said Thunderbird with the email that I tried to delete
> marked and in the foreground midnight commander showing the very
> directory and message.
> root at collab:/var/spool/cyrus/mail/user/houselion# ls -al 3056
> -rw-r--r-- 1 cyrus mail 4369 2008-03-13 00:11 3056

I guess you messed up your mailspool somehow. Cyrus-IMAPd uses per message
files with the name "####.". The file you're looking at doesn't have the
leading dot, so somehow that can not work and I wonder how that happened.


> cyrus clearly also has the permissions to access this.
> hjaelp!
> what else do you need? is there a verbose flag that I can set
> somewhere to get more info?
> Thanks
> Bernhard
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