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    thunderbird re-downloading whole inbox

    I use the option "leave messages on server until I delete them", as I triple boot and like the messages in each.

    However today on my ubuntu installation, thunderbird seems to be downloading the whole inboxes again from each of my pop accounts. Its not doing it on thunderbird or outlook on xp.

    What could have caused this, and is there any way to stop it? Ive got thousands of messages and Im on dialup speeds just now and its killing.

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    argh its doing it again now this is a pain

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    its doing it again now.. I dont understand it..

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    Is it completing the sync? It may be that its downloading them all, but then failing when trying to mark all e-mails as downloaded. Just a thought.

    No idea how to fix it if that is the case though.

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    No its downloading the ENTIRE mailbox, as in, mails from 2007, 2008 etc, which have long been marked as read.

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    Could you not use IMAP as a solution?

    As for re-downloading, maybe the local mailbox store has been corrupted or lost? Not quite sure where it is in ubuntu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoZeroAlpha View Post
    Could you not use IMAP as a solution?

    As for re-downloading, maybe the local mailbox store has been corrupted or lost? Not quite sure where it is in ubuntu.
    What does IMAP offer over POP with regards to retrieving mail?

    And that sounds like the most logical explanation actually. I think come 9.10 I will just do a fresh install.

    To be honest though, since changing my xp parition to 7, Ive not really used ubuntu much...

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    IMAP stores all email on the server, and nothing is stored locally (well, cached versions of email are but that's about it). POP3 is intended for downloading and interacting locally.

    Using POP to do the job of IMAP is likely to have glitches like this really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Using POP to do the job of IMAP is likely to have glitches like this really.
    Im using POP the way it was designed then. I want to have a local, searchable, backupable copy of all my mail.

    I only want to download my new mail, and mark it read on the server.

    It works fine in Outlook and Thunderbird on Windows.

    So I think the previous poster was correct that it is a duff profile or something on ubuntu, rather than the misuse of a mail protocol.

    Ill see if it sorts itself out after a reinstall in a months time.



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