Re: [Evolution] inbox_problem

If you're getting fcntl problems on a filesystem you never had them before, i'd almost be inclined to suggest the power off did some other damage to some system files.  Although thats a pretty unlikely thing, it is possible.

It doesn't point to any corruption whatsoever though.  The only form of corruption which can cause any problem at all is the mbox file not starting with the letters "From ", any other corruption will be 'hidden' as it is treated simply as a binary file with messages separated by "^From .*\n", and at worst you'll get 'empty' messages showing up.

On Tue, 2005-01-11 at 10:49 -0500, Jeffrey Stedfast wrote:
hmmm, the fcntl(2) error just means that the mbox file can't be locked
for some reason - usually this is because the filesystem/kernel won't
let it. Since you can read it fine manually I suspect that the mbox file
itself is ok (or at least no permission problems or anything).

along with your mailbox file, there will also be files called
mbox.ev-summary and mbox.ibex.* and a file called mbox.cmeta (where mbox
is replaced by the name of the folder -if and only if- you are using
2.0, otherwise they really are called mbox)

check the permissions on those files and make sure they are read/write
by you. Also make sure they are regular files and not broken inodes or

if they all look fine to you, you might try rm -f'ing them and seeing if
that helps (they are all auto-generated). if it comes to this ,just be
aware that evo might take a while rebuilding the mbox.ibex files if you
have a lot of mail.

hope that helps,


On Mon, 2004-12-13 at 19:17, John Taylor wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> My Evolution e-mail inbox has been corrupted.  It might be because it 
> was too big or because my 2 yr old son pushed the red button on the 
> office power bar while it was running. With help, I renamed the file 
> (old_inbox) and started a new one that works. But, I get the following 
> error when I try to read messages in the old inbox: Failed to get lock 
> using Fcntl(2): Resource temporarily unavailable.
> I re-indexed the old one but that didn't solve the problem. I also 
> re-installed Evolution and that didn't help.  I've concluded that 
> there's something in the old inbox (until now I hadn't realized that the 
> inbox in just one great big file), but how do I find and removed this 
> things that's causing the error?  I can search that file using grep, and 
> read old messages in an editor so it isn't completely useless. But I'd 
> like to make it Evolution friendly again.  Any suggestions?
> Thanks in advance,
> John Taylor
> University of Victoria
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