Not getting new mail from Gmail POP server
I was having issues with inability to uninstall and reinstall which fixed using hint from here. But the reason why I was looking into this was because about 3 days ago, I stopped receiving any new mail from Gmail's POP server. Instead it started downloading old mail starting from years ago .. and only in little batches of 300 emails at a time. Fortunately, I have always run Tbird so that my mail is NOT deleted from the server after I read it so everything is there. Anyway, one of the things I tried was to go look at my settings in Gmail to see if something was wrong with how I have the POP server behavior configured and determined that I don't. DID -- and I shouldn't have done this now I know -- tell it to basically RE-download all my POP mail. Which then set up behavior where it every time I would hit "get new POP mail" -- what I'd get is another batch of 300 or so at a time starting back YEARS ago. I tried to uninstall it which I wasn't able to do and why I finally followed the advice I got elsewhere to simply delete the TBird folder and everything else related to it. Before I did that I did in fact create a backup copy of the whole Tbird folder in Roaming. Again .. a story of somehow not a complete backup (sigh..)
Moving forward -- I installed a fresh copy of TBird -- the latest one 32-bit (as advised) 91.2.1. And the behavior I was dealing with before hasn't gone away. Installed two clients -- one for POP and one for IMAP. FYI --- I have two gmail accounts. I access my other gamil account from my laptop using TBird . There I'm having no issues at all. In fact, that installation of TBird has been problem free. It's the one on this machine (a workstation) that's been giving me fits for months. This just the latest. So.. waht the heck do I do? Btw -- working from teh backup copy (incomplete as it is -- missing email back to last November which I've recovered using my IMAP client), I'm restoring the settings from the old installation (tags, etc.)
Whatever advice you can offer would be most appreciated. I'm worried that even I drive myself crazy hitting "Get new mail" over and over that when it finally gets up to the current day (my emails go back to 2008 so I'm using a filter that moves any email before 19Oct21 into the Local Trash), that I STILL won't receive any truly new emails. Sigh....
Thanks in advance!
p.s. Running Windows 10
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If I were you, I would use IMAP for Gmail access and because of bandwidth limits imposed by Google, you can limit synchronisation of messages by age. POP accounts do not have such controls. Thunderbird will still fetch all headers, which takes a very short time, but the actual message content/bodies will only be downloaded (for offline access) IF the message satisfies the age criteria. If you receive a lot of huge messages daily, you can restrict that age requirement even further to say a week old. See IMAP Synchronization
Telling me to you use IMAP rather than POP is not helpful at all. I have my own reasons for using POP.. my preferred mode for over 20 yrs. The biggest reason is that I like to keep a copy of all my mail here on my workstation while leaving all my mail on the GMail server. You may not agree with my approach .. and that's fine .. just don't expect me to agree with you.
In any case, I resolved the problem. Not sure which it was but I reset the Gmail POP behavior to only send new messages starting from that moment. That stopped the dumping I was suffering from. Also .. recovered a POPState file from over a week ago when things were working correctly and replaced what I think was a corrupted POPState file with it. Between those two actions and running a clean new Thunderbird -- the latest -- Version 91 -- all is well again.
I resolved the problem.
Good to know.