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dovecot IMAP with MS Outlook gives "The folder 'Inbox' cannot contain items" error - (2007.07.09)

We wanted the IMAP configs to work the way dovecot prefers, which is to make top-level folders parallel to the inbox instead of nested under it. With one primary non-hidden namespace for this, and a second hidden one that uses the "INBOX." prefix for compatability with courier-imap and others, everything seemed great. That is, until someone used Microsoft Outlook (instead of Outlook Express or our webmail client). For whatever reason, Outlook doesn't ask the server about the inbox in subsequent runs, only when the account is first added, and instead makes assumptions about how the inbox should be named. The result is that it worked the first time, but the next time you'd run outlook you'd get the error "The folder 'Inbox' cannot contain items".

Solution follows below:

namespace private {
   separator = .
   prefix =
   inbox = no
   hidden = no
}
namespace private {
 separator = .
 prefix = INBOX.
 inbox = yes
 hidden = yes
}

The above configuration is what fixed it. Before the correction, we had the inbox=yes in the first of the two namespaces, not the second.

Compiling qmail and/or tcpserver/ucspi results in "/usr/bin/ld: errno: TLS definition in /lib/libc.so.6 section .tbss mismatches non-TLS reference in substdio.a(substdo.o) /lib/libc.so.6: could not read symbols: Bad value" error - (2007.11.30)

Rather distressing at first, but newer versions of glibc can result in this error. Since you may be forced to recompile these programs due to a runtime error along the lines of "relocation error: /usr/local/bin/tcpserver: symbol errno, version GLIBC_2.0 not defined in file libc.so.6 with link time reference", you may find that you can't recompile them as they are.

It turns out the solution is simple. No patching. Just add "-include /usr/include errno.h" in conf-cc, so that the line looks like this:

cc -O2 -include /usr/include/errno.h
...then recompile.

Opteron 270 CPU showing half speed in /proc/cpuinfo - (2009.12.03)

The problem was that not only was the CPU being displayed as half, but performance characteristics showed this to be true, and not just a display issue. It turns out it had nothing to do with BIOS or hardware, and was entirely due to linux.

I had just transitioned this machine to use CentOS 5.4 (based on RHEL 5.4), which uses a service called "cpuspeed" which throttles the CPU based on perceived demand, and for some reason on the Opterons this results in the CPU being left at half speed even when under load. Googling around, I managed to find a couple of cases of people running into this.

The fix is simple:

# service cpuspeed stop
# chkconfig cpuspeed off
... no need to even reboot.

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