Bug 466484 - does not alert to new mail using file protocol over nfs
does not alert to new mail using file protocol over nfs
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnubiff (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Damien Durand
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-10-10 10:25 EDT by Robert K. Moniot
Modified: 2009-10-20 09:48 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 10:40:18 EDT
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configuration file .gnubiffrc (with mailhost and user names anonymized) (5.01 KB, application/xml)
2008-10-10 10:25 EDT, Robert K. Moniot
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Description Robert K. Moniot 2008-10-10 10:25:39 EDT
Created attachment 320016 [details]
configuration file .gnubiffrc (with mailhost and user names anonymized)

Description of problem:
My mailbox is in directory /var/spool/mail on a remote host.  The directory is exported by nfs (using automount) and is sym linked to /var/spool/mail on my login host.  [In detail: mailhost:/var/spool/mail is automounted on localhost:/local/mail, and my login host has replaced the directory /var/spool/mail by a sym link /var/spool/mail -> /local/mail.]  My MAIL variable is /var/spool/mail/username.  I have specified "file" protocol for the mailbox.
When new mail arrives, the gnubiff applet does not sound an alert or change its display after the time specified by mailbox[1]/delay has elapsed.  (I have it set to 60.)  The only times it alerts are on startup and after closing the configuration tool.  (Opening and closing the configuration tool causes it to alert me to new mail.)

The applet does update the display to say "no mail" immediately after mail is fetched and deleted from the spool.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start gnubiff.  If the config tool opens, close it.
2. Send yourself mail.  Allow the configured delay time to elapse.
Actual results:
No alert is given.  Display continues to indicate the previous amount of mail.

Expected results:
Alert should be given and display should show the new amount of mail.

Additional info:
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Comment 3 Robert K. Moniot 2009-10-20 09:48:13 EDT
I am now using Fedora 11, and the behavior is the same.  The bug is not fixed.

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