Gmail or Thunderbird problem?

Mark Haney mhaney at
Thu Dec 4 15:00:27 UTC 2008

Pat wrote:
> Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>> Pat wrote:
>>> I have a Gmail account. I use Thunderbird on my desktop. Starting 
>>> yesterday I stopped getting most of my mail. It's on the server and I 
>>> can access it online with no problem, but only one or two of the lists I 
>>> am on download. I also have no problems sending mail, but if I send mail 
>>> to myself I don't get it either.
>>> Does anyone have any ideas why this would suddenly start happening after 
>>> months of stability? And no, I haven't changed anything on my system. 
>>> The only thing I do regularly is run update manager and install new 
>>> patches and updates.
>>> I have release 8.04 Kernel 2.6.24-22-generic. GNOME 2.22.3
>>     Hi Pat, I just got Gmail working on this Hardy and my laptop  8.10 
>> and they are both using IMAP. So the question I need to ask Pat, are you 
>> using IMAP?
>> Karl
>> I was using POP, but I did switch to IMAP after this issue cropped up
>> and it made no difference. Now for the really weird thing -- I went
>> onto the Gmail site and deleted a bunch of mail I didn't want. All of a
>> sudden my email started downloading. Is it possible there was an email
>> that was somehow holding it up? There wasn't anything really large in
>> the queue.
>> Pat Brown
>> pat.mysterywriter at
>> L.A. Heat & L.A. Mischief, hotter than ever!

If you were using POP before, it's entirely possible a message got hung 
up in the POP queue.  And with POP the messages are sent FIFO so the 
first one to hang stops up the drain, so to speak.

So yeah, I can see that. I've seen that dozens of times with POP servers 
over the years.

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Mark Haney
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