Bug 507911 - Thunderbird compacts folders despite configuration to only mark as deleted
Thunderbird compacts folders despite configuration to only mark as deleted
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: thunderbird (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Gecko Maintainer
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Reported: 2009-06-24 13:24 EDT by Stephen Fromm
Modified: 2009-06-27 16:22 EDT (History)
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Description Stephen Fromm 2009-06-24 13:24:37 EDT
Description of problem:

I have my email account configured to only mark messages as deleted in Thunderbird.  When checking for new messages (though not every time), thunderbird compacts (ie expunges) the deleted messages from the inbox and other folders.

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How reproducible:

Thunderbird will compact folders at least once a day.  However, it does not appear to compact every time it checks for new email.  It is not clear what the interval is.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Configure Thunderbird to 'mark message deleted' (Account Settings -> Server Settings).  Make sure 'Clean up Inbox on exit' is not checked.
2.  Mark some messages as deleted.
3.  Check for new email.  Repeat until folders are compacted.
Actual results:

Thunderbird will compact folders despite configured not to do so.

Expected results:

I mark messages as deleted and, at some later point, instruct Thunderbird to compact folders.

Additional info:

This behavior does not exist in Fedora 10 and Thunderbird 2.  I obtain the expected results with Thunderbird 2 (thunderbird-
Comment 1 Matěj Cepl 2009-06-27 16:22:18 EDT
We filed this bug in the upstream database (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=500932) and believe that it is more appropriate to let it be resolved upstream.

We will continue to track the issue in the centralized upstream bug tracker, and will review any bug fixes that become available for consideration in future updates.

Thank you for the bug report.

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