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Re: Cygwin, mutt, Windows XP issues
I've been wrestling for weeks, or even months, with a mutt problem.
It worked beautifully under Cygwin on Windows NT, but *not* under
Windows 2000 or XP. Specifically, mutt couldn't figure out which
mailboxes had new mail. Once I opened a mailbox, mutt identified the
new messages correctly, but it couldn't tell me which mailboxes to
I suspected, and others suggested, it was a file protection problem,
but I couldn't find anything suspicious about that, and I tried to
un-protect all files and folders as much as possible, and still
couldn't fix the problem.
It was the size! Mutt does a stat on each mail folder. On NT4, this
returned a value in st_size. In WIn2000 and XP, however, this seems
to return 0 in st_size. Mutt assumes this means the mailbox was newly
created (a foolish assumption with MH folders), and doesn't check
further for new mail.
So I took out the " ... || sb.st_size == 0 || ... " part of the test,
and mutt seems to be working again.
I think the main issue is that Cygwin somehow changed so that stat()
returns st_size=0 for directories, and it didn't used to.
I also think mutt should *not* assume st_size==0 implies a new mailbox
(in mutt_buffy_check in buffy.c), since this may not be correctly with
MH or maildir mail structures.
Peter Davis Pageflex Inc
617-520-8345 215 First Street
617-868-0784 (FAX) Cambridge, MA 02142
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