Re: [Evolution] Trash and Compose wierdness !? -[SOLVED -- I hope]

Hello Patrick,

Space on /tmp is never a problem on my laptop. I have 15GB available now
and likely had a similar amount when I had my expunge problem.

I regularly do expunge my Inbox. 5-6 times a day. My expunge problem was
triggered by receiving an e-mail with a large attachment from my
mother-in-law. I know it is not fair to blame the mother in law but she
is an easy target. ;-)

The morale of the story in my opinion, is to not keep all your e-mail
for the last decade in your current Inbox.

Anyway, I hope my solution helps someone else out.


On Fri, 2009-08-14 at 09:18 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
On Fri, 2009-08-14 at 09:19 -0400, William Case wrote:
Hi Rob;

On Fri, 2009-08-14 at 09:00 -0400, Robert Seward wrote:
Hello William,

William, in your case you might be able to use mutt (or something
similar) to strategically delete the persistent e-mail that can't be

Best of luck,

I should of thought of using mutt to expunge.  I found a slightly
different solution this time, but I will try mutt if it ever happens

I should of thought of it, because every few months I prune my saved
folder by moving posts I want to keep into an Evo archive file, copy the
archive to a text file in a completely separate directory, empty the Evo
archive and use mutt to view the archive.txt when I need to.  

I suspect this sort of problem arises when the local mbox file for Inbox
gets close to 2GB in size, because the internal Evo indices only handle
up to 2GB per file even though the underlying filesystem might support
much larger files (I seem to remember reports of this in the past but I
can't be bothered hunting them down :-). Not expunging your deleted
mails regularly will do that. If you use a different local format such
as Maildir, you shouldn't have this problem, but support for Maildir in
Evo seems to have stagnated.

Another reason to keep most of your mail on IMAP ...

Note that you can also get issues when there isn't enough free space on
the /tmp filesystem to allow an expunge of a huge mbox file to work
(expunging of mbox implies copying).


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