Filesystem notification initialization error

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Chef Mars

Post Posted November 16th, 2010, 8:02 am

I have started getting the following error message last week or so when connect to my mail server using IMAP::
Filesystem notification initialization error -- contact your mail administrator (check for configuration errors with the FAM/Gamin library)

I am able to connect and read the mail but the error message is a large nuisance and gives me concern.

So today I downloaded and am running Thunderbird 3.1.6 on Windows XP with service pack 3. The upgrade (from 3.0.10) did not help and I still get the error message.

Any suggestions?


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Post Posted November 16th, 2010, 5:45 pm

This sounds like an error on the mail server, not a problem in Thunderbird. Typically any error message that mentions contacting the mail administrator is a mail server bug.

Courier IMAP severs use FAM. I've seen reports of mail admins updating Courier packages and not updating the FAM package to a newer version, causing this error.

Chef Mars

Post Posted November 23rd, 2010, 6:26 am

Thanks for the pointer. It is greatly appreciated

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