Yet another kmail mystery

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Feb 14 12:53:37 UTC 2007

Donn wrote:

> Hello again,
> It seems most of my questions relate to kmail... This one might not be
> kmail's fault at all. Here it is:
> I have gmail pop setup in kmail so that I can manage things from kmail and
> not via a browser. I also have another email addy with my ISP. When I
> press "Check Mail In" (or when it does it every 10 minutes) it works most
> of the time.
> Sometimes the "gmail in" step will stop with the little progress bar (on
> the bottom right) showing 100%. It will stay like this for hours.
> Sometimes, when I'm busy, I won't notice this and a whole day goes past
> with seemingly no email. When I go to kmail and cancel the "gmail in"
> process (from the control at bottom right) and then press the "check mail
> in" button it will suddenly see many messages and start fetching them.
> This happens a lot overnight.
> None of this happens with the local pop ISP email address.
> What could be causing this infinite loop as kmail seemingly pauses
> endlessly or cannot disconnect from gmail? And is there a way to force
> kmail to cancel a "check in" if it does not finish after a few minutes?

Is kernel suspend or a change of networks involved here?  I haven't heard of
this with POP, but it's known that if you're connected to an IMAP server
and your IP changes, KMail will get blocked.  It's a long shot, as I assume
this is specifically because IMAP servers tend to hold connections open,
but it's a possibility.

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