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Old 08-02-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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Cant delete anything in Tbird, filled my hd (wont say which 1), cant del msgs


Having trouble with Thunderbird email client.

Its just a regular pop acct, but I get mail, lots of
it, everyday. At first, not being able to delete was
not that important, but now its filled my HD, and
Dolphin wont say which one, and I cant seem to find
the offending file to delete it -- Ive freed up HD
space in home dir -- did no good. Attempts to delete
emails do nothing and give no message, the emails just
stay there. And then it downloads another 65 emails!
Dolphin seems to be useless -- unless something tells
me where the full disk is, how much space it has, and
where the space is being used, then how do i know what
to delete?

So, does TBird just suck? Or is there something I
can fix?
 
Old 08-02-2014, 08:26 PM   #2
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Something is seriously wrong with your Thunderbird. I have used Thunderbird--though it's not my favorite--and can attest that this is not typical Thunderbird behavior.

Your mail store is in the Mail subdirectory in your Thunderbird profile folder, which may be under either ~/.thunderbird or ~/.mozilla. http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_fo...Linux_and_Unix

If I had to troubleshoot this, my first step would be to cd to the Thunderbird profile folder and run ls -l to determine ownership and permissions for that folder and its subdirectories and files, drilling down until I reached the mail file itself.

I use Opera's mail client and the permissions on the files that contain the mail itself are "-rw-r--r--" (owner--that's me--can read and write to the file, others can read it). The permissions on the directories as I drilled down to those files are "drwxr-xr-x."

Post what you find and troubleshooting can go from there.
 
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:53 PM   #3
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Tell me about Opera. Tbird well, Im giving up - now I just
need to get my email out of it....
 
Old 08-02-2014, 09:22 PM   #4
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Opera is a browser that includes an RSS client, mail client, and newsgroup client. I've used since v. 3, the first publically-available version. It's in the repos. Historically, it has been light-weight, efficient, and fast. It includes by default many features that are available only as plugins in certain other browsers.

Opera's management has been mucking with it lately--there was a shake-up a couple of years ago and the founding president left in a dispute with the board--and I am frankly afraid they are going to ruin a good thing, but the infection has so far not spread to the Linux version.

Last edited by frankbell; 08-02-2014 at 09:23 PM.
 
Old 08-02-2014, 09:37 PM   #5
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This could happen when the disk is totally full. Deleting a message usually requires copying the previous mail file, while dropping the "deleted" message (mbox style).

One way you might be able to get around that is to check the reserve space on the filesystem. This reserve is something like 5% of the total space, so trimming that reserve (if it is /home, you should be able to set it to 0 without causing too much of a problem).
 
Old 08-02-2014, 10:17 PM   #6
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I have to ask: Have you tried right clicking on your trash folder and selecting "Empty Trash"?

If that works check your retention policy: Right click on trash -> select Properties -> retention policy tab. I believe the default is "Don't delete any messages.
 
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Code:
df -hT .thunderbird/
should show you which partition is affected.
 
  


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