[sylpheed:31848] Re: Moving mail to new machine

John Rye jrt746 at clear.net.nz
Sun Oct 21 14:54:25 JST 2007

On Sat, 20 Oct 2007 16:52:07 -0700
John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:

> I have been using Sylpheed for a couple years under Ubuntu amd64,
> starting with Hoary. I currently can no longer boot the computer due to
> a hard disk problem, although I do have a full system backup from just
> a couple days earlier. The only upgrades I have ever made were whatever
> came into the Ubuntu repositories, but since I can't boot the old
> system I don't know for sure what version I had.
> I have created a new installation of Ubuntu Gutsy amd64 and have
> installed Sylpheed 2.4.5. I copied the ~/Mailboxes folder, as well
> as .claw and .sylpheed-2.-0. It all appears fine, except when I try to
> get new messages it logs into the server, finds the number of new
> messages, then pops up an error message "Can't write file."
> I'm also afraid it won't be able to send this message, but if it
> appears on the list, at least y'all will know that part is working.
> Probably something is missing, but I need help figuring out what it is.


I have to deal with this quite often. I suggest you run the following
as ROOT and from your HOME directory.

------------ Cut here -----------

cd /home
for U in * ; do echo $U ; chown -R $U:$U $U ; done

------------ Cut here -----------

I have this little routine stored as 'fixusers'
in /usr/local/bin/fixusers

I've used the ideas expressed elsewhere is this thread too and found
that some files still haven't been changed so causing the same problem
you're seeing where I still could not access certain files.

The wee script above deals effectively with ALL files hidden or



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