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Can't read mail from POP3 server when mail

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When you try and conect to the POP3 server it report back that there is no mail waiting. When you log onto the system and look in /home/<username>/.mailbox and there is mail waiting.
Popper is up and running and no error messages appear.
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by:marlah
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You don't mention where your pop spool is created...  Is it on the same file system as your home directory?  You also don't mention if you have a quota in place for /home, but I'll take a stab:

1.  If you have a quota system in place, and your mailbox is greater than half your quota, then having a pop spool on the same file system could cause you to have this problem.

The pop server needs space to make a copy of your mailbox before downloading it to your pop client.  This prevents changes being made to your mailbox contents as it is being downloaded.  If it doesn't have the space, it doesn't download.

2.  One other thing you can check:  if your popper is configured to leave a .<userid>.pop file, check when the last time it was accessed.  Each time the popper connects to the server, it will change the timestamp.  If this is not changing, then you definitely have another problem.
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by:hotlava
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Are you using qmail?  If so, have you upgraded your pop server to use the new mailbox files that qmail uses?

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