Mailbox corruption

Mailbox corruption

Post by Damian Mensche » Thu, 20 Dec 2001 09:18:48

Trying to track down an odd bug....

I am using Pine (4.33) to connect to Exchange (5.5.2653.13) through
IMAP.  I generally save my outgoing messages to a folder, and also
often take advantage of the pOstpone feature.

I've noticed, however, that outgoing messages (either saved to a
folder when sent, or saved to the postponed-msgs folder) are often
getting corrupted.  The nature of the corruption is that the end
of the message will appear before the beginning (including headers).

For example, this happened today:
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-=#| 1412C DCL, Workstation Services Group, CCSO Ofc:(217)244-3862 |#=-

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 14:00:37 -0600 (CST)

Subject: Re: SGI surplus


MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII

> That must be a common occurance, the last couple of Indys we have
> rid of had bad power supplies.  I will keep your name and number
> any come my way to surplus and or scrap.

It is *very* common.  I currently have four dead Indy power supplies on
my shelf.  I'm hoping to figure out how to fix them some day....


Damian Menscher

-=#| 488 LLP, 1110 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801 Ofc:(217)333-0038 |
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(space removed from after the sigdashes above to prevent issues
with people's newsreaders truncating the rest of my message)

I think it's somewhat suspicious that the first 1000 characters of
the message (including headers) are stored together (though moved
to the end.  I'm told that Exchange uses a database to store mail
files... perhaps this is related?

And yes, the messages are corrupt on the server.  Viewing them
using LookOut or the web interface shows the same corruption.

I'd be very interested to hear if anyone has experienced anything
similar.  Right now, I don't know whether the problem is with Pine
or with Exchange.  But it's something we've been seeing off-and-on
for about a year, so it would be really nice to track down!

Damian Menscher

-=#| 488 LLP, 1110 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801 Ofc:(217)333-0038 |#=-
-=#| 1412C DCL, Workstation Services Group, CCSO Ofc:(217)244-3862 |#=-


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