Bug 88214 - procmail has default 50mb limit for mailbox files
Summary: procmail has default 50mb limit for mailbox files
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: postfix
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: John Dennis
QA Contact: David Lawrence
: 97883 110687 113396 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-07 18:33 UTC by Jay Thorne
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-01-12 18:35:59 UTC

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Description Jay Thorne 2003-04-07 18:33:22 UTC
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Description of problem:
Lots of my users tend to use "Leave Mail On Server" options in various MUA's
using POP3 or IMAP. Procmail has a default 50mb limit on mailbox size, so it
starts hitting the limit and bouncing pretty quickly when they start mailing
around image documents and such. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up procmail at MTA using sendmail or postfix
2. mail enough mail to make a 49.9 meg mailbox file.
3. mail again to that account

Actual Results:  Mail bounces

Expected Results:  Mail should not bounce

Additional info:

50mb is too small with the usual kind of corporate user. A config param or
command line param is needed.

Comment 1 Jens Petersen 2004-01-06 01:19:12 UTC
*** Bug 97883 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 Jens Petersen 2004-01-06 01:20:06 UTC
*** Bug 110687 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Jens Petersen 2004-01-06 03:43:30 UTC
I have a 61MB mbox file on nfs which seems to be getting mail
from procmail ok.  Does it depend on the type of fs?

Comment 5 Ian Macdonald 2004-01-06 04:29:08 UTC
No wonder I couldn't find this in the procmail source or docs. Using
mailbox_size_limit fixed the problem for me.

Comment 6 Jens Petersen 2004-01-06 07:48:04 UTC
Ok, good.

Comments to Jay Thorne:

Are you sure this also happens with sendmail?
I can only find reports on this for postfix.
AFAICT procmail itself doesn't impose any mailbox
size limits.

Comment 8 John Dennis 2004-01-12 18:35:59 UTC
Postfix imposes a limit on mailbox size to prevent runaway writing
during local delivery. The parameter which controls this is
"mailbox_size_limit", it defaults to 50 Mb. All you should need to do
is set this parameter higher in your main.cf file. You can fild an
example and documentation here:


Comment 9 John Dennis 2004-01-20 14:47:01 UTC
*** Bug 113396 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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