Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 904
pine does not show new mail
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:48 EDT
When new mail arrives, the pine supplied with Red Hat 5.2
does not recognize the new mail, nor show it in its folder,
unless I exit and restart pine. Not even closing INBOX,
opening another mailbox, and then reopening INBOX is enough
to show the new mail.
Yes, of course, I still have mail-check-interval set (at
xbiff _does_ recognize new mail.
We cannot duplicate this here in the test lab. While mail sometimes
doesn't show up right when it arrives, it does always eventually show
up (sometimes it shows up after the default mail check interval of 30
seconds). Ctrl-L refreshes the window as well, and may find new
Your problems are most likely related to NFS timing and file locking
issues. You may be nfs mounting /var/spool/mail, which we have seen
similar problems from in the past. Do the latest releases of pine in
RawHide continue to show the problem behaviour for you? If so, please
re-open this bug report.
I do not use NFS. However, file locking is probably the cause of the
problem, since I use qmail maildirs, and had a script wrapper around
Pine which ran maildir2mbox every 60 seconds. (I should have
mentioned this in the original bug report.) This worked under 5.0,
but stopped working in 5.2.
Shortly after reporting the problem, however, I switched to mutt, and
now use xbiff to report new mail.