Bug#560073: icedove (64-bit) + dovecot (32-bit); communication sometimes breaks down

Mario Nigrovic debian at nigrovic.net
Tue Dec 8 18:46:44 GMT 2009

Package: icedove
Severity: normal

For several months now (but since before I started using iceweasel from sid), I've noticed that, from my 64-bit icedove client only, sometimes communications between icedove and dovecot will stop.  Icedove will show new messages in the folder (and I have procmail delivering mail to many separate folders, which icedove watches for new messages), but when I click on the folder, the new messages cannot be displayed (none are even shown).  Furthermore, old messages in the same folder cannot be displayed, although the index does continue to list them.

I think this problem also shows up when I search messages, because sometimes searches miss messages I know are there.

I have one (32-bit) dovecot IMAP server and multiple clients; however, I've only seen the probem from the 64-bit version of the client.

This bug sounds similar to 515569, which is also from a 64-bit client, so perhaps this is a duplication.

My personal suspicion is that this is a dovecot issue, since I recall it starting after an upgrade to that package, but I don't recall whether that update also brought a new version of icedove and since the problem only shows up from the 64-bit client, I figured it's worth reporting here.

I'm happy to provide any debugging assistance necessary.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.30-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968) (ignored: LC_ALL set to C)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages icedove depends on:
ii  debianutils            3.2.2             Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  fontconfig             2.6.0-4           generic font configuration library
ii  libatk1.0-0            1.28.0-1          The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libc6                  2.10.2-2          GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcairo2              1.8.8-2           The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libfontconfig1         2.6.0-4           generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6           2.3.11-1          FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgcc1                1:4.4.2-3         GCC support library
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.22.3-1          The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.18.3-1          The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libhunspell-1.2-0      1.2.8-5           spell checker and morphological an
ii  libjpeg62              6b-15             The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libnspr4-0d            4.8.2-1           NetScape Portable Runtime Library
ii  libnss3-1d             3.12.4-1          Network Security Service libraries
ii  libpango1.0-0          1.26.1-1          Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpng12-0             1.2.40-1          PNG library - runtime
ii  libstdc++6             4.4.2-3           The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libx11-6               2:1.2.2-1         X11 client-side library
ii  libxft2                2.1.13-3          FreeType-based font drawing librar
ii  libxinerama1           2:1.0.3-2         X11 Xinerama extension library
ii  libxrender1            1:0.9.5-1         X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  libxt6                 1:1.0.7-1         X11 toolkit intrinsics library
ii  psmisc                 22.8-1            utilities that use the proc file s
ii  zlib1g                 1: compression library - runtime

icedove recommends no packages.

Versions of packages icedove suggests:
pn  icedove-gnome-support         <none>     (no description available)
ii  latex-xft-fonts               1.6.4-1    TrueType versions of some TeX font
ii  libthai0                      0.1.12-1   Thai language support library

-- debconf information:
  icedove/browser: Debian

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