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Date:      Sat, 30 Sep 2006 11:46:27 -0400
From:      Gerard Seibert <>
Subject:   'File too large' mail delivery error
Message-ID:  <>

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What could cause Postfix/Dovecot to suddenly start failing to deliver
mail and issue this error message in the /var/log/maillog:

Sep 30 09:45:24 scorpio postfix/local[1439]: 80E65C613: to=3D<gerard-gmail@=
localho>, relay=3Dlocal, delay=3D6.5, delays=3D6.4/0.01/0/0.03, ds=
n=3D5.2.2, st
atus=3Dbounced (cannot update mailbox /var/mail/gerard-gmail for user gerar=
=2E error writing message: File too large)

The dovecot.log had similar entries. A total of 122 messages were hung
up before I caught it.

The mailbox was 49M in size; however, it has been far larger and yet
never was any problem encountered. I had to remove all of the mail
before delivery would start again. Other than upgrading to FreeBSD 6.1
P8 yesterday, nothing has changed on the system.

Gerard Seibert

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