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Bug 60389 - pine mailbox listing omits case variants
pine mailbox listing omits case variants
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: pine (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2002-02-27 01:50 EST by Chris Ricker
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:40 EDT (History)
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Description Chris Ricker 2002-02-27 01:50:28 EST
pine does not deal correctly with multiple mboxes whose names differ only by
case.  For example, I have pine on this system configured as follows:


(all mail delivery to ~/Mail using mboxes, main mbox is ~/Mail/Inbox, sent mail
is copied to ~/Mail/Sent-mail)

Most, but not all, mboxes in ~/Mail are displayed in the folder list (start
pine, press L).  The mbox ~/Mail/Inbox is displayed as INBOX (which is correct),
while the mbox ~/Mail/inbox is not displayed at all (which is broken).  This
appears to be a special casing only for the case-insensitive string "inbox",
since both ~/Mail/Sent-mail and ~/Mail/sent-mail do display.
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2002-03-07 01:47:24 EST
Did you recompile PINE with mbox support?
Comment 2 Chris Ricker 2002-03-07 09:45:05 EST
Um, RH ships it compiled with mbox support.
Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2002-03-07 11:43:31 EST
Hmm, I wonder how that managed to slip through...  damn.  We disabled
mbox support ages ago, and do not at all support it.  I'll have to double
check what happened that re-enabled it.
Comment 4 Chris Ricker 2002-03-07 11:50:48 EST
I'm confused.  How would pine even be usable as anything other than an IMAP /
POP client if it didn't support mboxes?
Comment 5 Mike A. Harris 2002-03-07 12:05:50 EST
Perhaps there is a bit of confusion..  I am refering to mbox as the file
~/mbox which if it exists when PINE starts up, PINE will promptly copy
the contents of /var/spool/mail/$USER to ~/mbox

That is what we do not support, since it causes a lot of users a lot of
problems, and creates a lot of support problems for us.  If this is not
related to your problem, then I've misunderstood.

BTW, what version(s) of PINE do you see this problem in?
Comment 6 Chris Ricker 2002-03-07 12:16:00 EST
Ah, okay.  I meant (and read your) "mbox" as meaning "standard mbox Unix mail
spool file format" (versus things like Maildir or Maildir++ format mail files).

I noticed this with pine-4.44, but it's probably broken in older releases too.
Comment 7 Chris Ricker 2002-03-23 02:20:28 EST
This is still true with the pine in the skipjack public beta (4.44-6)
Comment 8 chappa 2002-04-02 22:09:15 EST
The problem is not the format of the folder, the problem is that Pine won't let
you create a folder containing the forbidden word "INBOX" (regardless of case).
The string "INBOX" is a reserved word for the folder where you receive your
mail, regardless of the real name (as a file) that that folder may have (e.g.
/var/spool/mail/foo could be called INBOX), and you never see "foo" in your list
of folders.

As far as I understand this is not a bug in Pine, I would say, that Pine is not
being helpful in clarifying this point though.
Comment 9 Mike A. Harris 2002-04-03 09:53:57 EST
Thanks Ed, indeed I've looked at this too now and this is intentional
operation of PINE.  Thanks.

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