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Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:11:16 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Suddenly, won't authenticate


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On Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 08:43:04AM -0500, James R. Mirick wrote:
> Jul 12 16:47:44 linux2600 popa3d[3369]: Failed or refused to load
> /var/spool/mail/jrm

This suggests that authentication succeeds, but popa3d either fails or
refuses to process the mailbox.  The most common reason for this is the
compile-time mailbox size limit that popa3d has in order to prevent a
single huge mailbox from causing excessive load on the entire server.

Since most people don't bother to read documentation to become aware of
the limit and adjust it as necessary, I have raised the default all the
way up to 2 GB for popa3d 1.0+.   Older versions of popa3d had the
default at 100 MB and later at 200 MB.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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