Recovering crashed cyrus server partitions

Simon Matter simon.matter at
Tue Mar 9 02:05:31 EST 2010

> Hi everyone,
> Im having a really bad time restoring  my imap server.
> My cyrus server discs died and I was just able to recover some of the
> data.
> I have almost everything from /var/spool/imap but none from /var/lib/imap
> Thus I copy just one user's mailbox for testing. I created that user again
> with cyradm, then copied all messages to its
> /var/spool/imap/f/user/foouser
> folder. Run reconstruct for that mailbox.
> So far so good. Now, when trying to check mails both from outlook and
> thunderbird I cant see any messages.
> Boht partiotions have permissions set. chown -R cyrus.mail . chmod -R 750
> Apparently, clients are looking where they should. I get these lines on
> maillog when I ty to browse a folder:
> open: user xxx opened INBOX.folder
>  open: user xxx opened INBOX.folder2
> No messages are shown though but all files are on those mail folders. Ive
> run every database or mailbox reconstruction utility with no success.

Do you see the following files in /var/spool/imap/f/user/foouser

and in /var/lib/imap/user/f/

And did you use the -f option with reconstruct?


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