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Month: November 2015

kmail vs gmail problem

From: Gene Heskett <gheskett@...>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:14:10 -0500

Twice in the last 2 weeks I have been forced to reboot the machine, as it 
had a locked up, unkillable session of kmail showing in htop.  I had hit 
the list reply button, only to be greeted by the spinning dumbell mouse 
cursor, which would spin forever.  The machine was NOT stuck in a loop 
someplace burning up cpu's, nothing, not even kmail was showing any 
great cpu activity, but the process itself was unkillable.

This time I was attempting to teach Bret Busby how to construct a sig 
separator, the \r-- \r sequence and it was one of his reply messages I 
was reading & tried to reply to when it locked up.

This reboot took around 30 minutes because /amandatapes-1T, a terabyte 
drive, had not been fsck'd in 181 days, and fscking a terabyte drive, 
even if no errors other than severe fragmentation (62%) exist is a 30 to 
45 minute process.  Amanda, the backup program, /thinks/ the drive is a 
30 tape, changer equiped library. (except its 10,0000% more dependable 
that such a mechanical monster would be, and 2% of the cost) I'd hate to 
think how long it will take to do a 2 terabyte drive as there is now 4 
of them here at the Heskett mini-ranchette. Its difficult to buy 
anything smaller.

I deleted the last 4 messages from him from ~/Mail/kubuntu-users/cur 
before I restarted kmail, knowing I'd be going thru the same hung 
machine procedure if I didn't.  Last time I made 3 reboots trying, and 
finally just cleaned out the folder (a  different one) before trying a 
4th reboot & kmail restart.  That, like this, complained about the index 
file being corrupted on the launch of kmail but normal operation was 
able to be resumed.

Has anyone a clue just what gmail is doing now?  Or how to fix kmail so 
it tolerates a message posted from their (IMNSHO) busted webmail app?

This is R14.0.0.2 I believe.  Last updated from Slavics? server a day 
Looks like I'll need to reboot again, I have a net caused ooops in the 
log, and my local network is dead although I can ping yahell.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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