Thunderbird - Building summary file?
bobgoodwin at wildblue.net
Wed Jun 14 13:54:43 UTC 2006
Richard England wrote:
> Bob Goodwin wrote:
>> I'm using Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 and FC-5 with current updates.
>> Periodically when I check mail it displays the message
>> "Building Summary File for [Inbox, whatever I select]"
>> and I have to wait for it to finish whatever it does. After that I
>> have to select the threaded display of
>> messages again! I don't know what this "summary file"
>> is but I don't think I want or need it.
>> Does anyone know what this is about? I have only become
>> aware of this recently.
>> Bob Goodwin Zuni, Virginia
> I think you _do_ need/want the summary files.
> Thunderbird's mail files are in the standard plain text "mbox" format,
> which almost all mail programs can use or import.
> extension (Your mail files are inside your profile, in the Mail and
> (if you use IMAP) ImapMail folders. Each mail folder (Inbox, Sent,
> etc.) is stored as two files – one with no extension (e.g. INBOX),
> which is the mail file itself (in ‘mbox’ format), and one with an
> .msfe.g. INBOX.msf), which is the index (Mail Summary File) to the
> mail file. These summary files are built and updated as needed. If you
> delete one, Thunderbird will rebuild it for you.
Ok, so it's a necessary process and I must let it be, understood.
Strange thing is that it's only become manifest recently and I'm not
sure why or what I might have done to trigger a problem, better yet a
> I'm no expert, but do you compact your mail "folders". Is it possible
> that you did this while email was being downloaded? Do you have
> processes that delete files for any reason?
I have not gone in and directly told it to "compact" anything. I do a
lot of filtering on mail messages, some are deleted, most go to
> I would suggest you do some Googling on this topic. There are a lot of
I did a lot of googling on "Building Summary Files" etc., and it was not
productive but often times there's a vast difference in results when you
hit the right key words. Obviously I didn't.
Thank you for the information.
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