Unexplained temporary freezes in Thunderbird Fedora 13

g geleem at bellsouth.net
Fri Jun 18 00:26:27 UTC 2010

Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:

> Do you have evidence of this? If so, you should report it to BZ.

it is well known in mozilla land that shutting down thunderbird improperly
can/will/may, and sometimes not, cause corruption.

primarily it is 2 files, panacea.dat and lock that need to be closed.

in world of ms, there are many post of users not closing thunderbird
properly and problems develop. problems are not being able to open
thunderbird and corrupt email files.

just how they are effected under linux by thunderbird being open and desktop
is closed, i can not say. i do not recall a linux user with problems that
happen with ms.

possibly linux desktops have been written to scan for open programs and then
send them a kill signal. just exactly what is going on under linux, i am
not sure.

then again, maybe not, because i do know that if i leave konqueror unclosed
to maintain tabs that i have open,  when i open kde anew, konqueror opens
with tabs still set.

if i forget to close firefox before closing kde desktop, when kde is open
again and i open firefox, i get a prompt to clean up and then a prompt to
open with previous state or new state.

if i have a lock up with thunderbird open and have to <ctrl+del+backspace>,
or use reset switch to recover, when i reboot, before opening thunderbird,
i do open profile directory, which is one of tabs i have preset in
konqueror, and i delete panacea.dat before i open thunderbird. if i had
any emails open in any folder directory, i go to that directory and delete
associated .msf file.

i do this before i attempt to open thunderbird because i know that the
potential to cause corruption is there. so i stay ahead of game, because
doing so is not that much trouble and takes less that a minute to do so.

i do know that i have yet to see lock file but i do check for it every time
i have an improper closing of desktop.


peace out.



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