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[Bug 800759] Thunderbird issue with quota

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--- Comment #1 from Frank Morawietz <nestolea@xxxxxxxxx> 2013-11-09 19:52:08
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I can confirm this bug with SeaMonkey (uses the Thunderbird sources for

Disabling user quota on the home filesystem make the error message go away.

This only affects POP3, but not IMAP accounts.

It has nothing to do with insufficient disk space. My /home filesystem is on
the root partition and this partition is only used to 12%. The user is way
below quota limits,

Even if the Inbox is empty, and even if the mbox files are completely removed
before starting SeaMonkey nevertheless the message appears.

For completeness sake: Removing the whole e-mail account and creating it again,
even with another path to the mbox files, just brought the message back every
time one fetches e-mails.

I suppose, it might be related to some specific value of the user quota.
Because I used this system for many months without any problems. Suddenly from
one day to another this message appeared and stayed. So it looks like the used
disk space grew and when the used quota reached some value, some day the bug
hit. OTOH it might be related to some distro update as well.

The filesystem used is ext4. I suspect that it may have to do something with
the filesystem type, because I traced the application and the quotactl system
call returns wrong values. On another machine with openSUSE 12.3 and xfs as
filesystem with the same SeaMonkey e-mail configuration this message never

I don't understand why an application cares about quota at all. Isn't it a
matter of the filesystem to enforce quotas?

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