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downloading the same 1200 emails over and over when logging into pop server - Linux Mint

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Thunderbird started acting weird this morning. It kept downloading the same 1200 emails over and over, creating multiple duplicates of those emails. Based on a quick search, I renamed the "popstate.dat" file so it would generate a new one. This time the download stalled at around 1000 emails and crashed. Now TB crashes everytime it logs into the pop server; starts up fine, loads folders, displays message "sending login information" and then crashes.

This also happens when starting in troubleshooting mode. I have tried re-installing and restored the old "popstate.dat" file. Also timeshifted back to a working state from yesterday, but still have this problem. Obviously something is corrupted, but I don't know where else to look...

Thunderbird started acting weird this morning. It kept downloading the same 1200 emails over and over, creating multiple duplicates of those emails. Based on a quick search, I renamed the "popstate.dat" file so it would generate a new one. This time the download stalled at around 1000 emails and crashed. Now TB crashes everytime it logs into the pop server; starts up fine, loads folders, displays message "sending login information" and then crashes. This also happens when starting in troubleshooting mode. I have tried re-installing and restored the old "popstate.dat" file. Also timeshifted back to a working state from yesterday, but still have this problem. Obviously something is corrupted, but I don't know where else to look...

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log into the server, delete the contents of their spam folder and try that.

In every instance I have seen of this sort of thing an antivirus program is involved and it is actually crashing on a malformed email. Hence the emptying of the web based spam folder as that is the most likely place a malformed email would end up. Otherwise disable email scanning in the anti virus product so the malformed mail can actually download.

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Travis, did that solve your problems? If so, which antivirus program was involved?