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flooded with error messages while running a "house-cleaning" filter



MailNews Core
Networking: NNTP
15 years ago
9 years ago


(Reporter: Ryan F, Assigned: (not reading, please use seth@sspitzer.org instead))


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15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021212
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021212

I have a filter set up which simply moves any msg marked as "Junk" to my

While going through newsgroups, i noticed that sorting by date wasn't accurate,
because a decent minority of the posts had only a time -- no m/d/y date info. I
selected all of these messages (perhaps 50) and clicked "Tools > Run Filters on
Selected Folders"

My machine paused a bit, then spat out an error message:

A News (NNTP) error occurred: yellow.readfreenews.net: Your host connection
limit reached - news@readfreenews.com

OK, fine, I'm using a free public news server, I reached some kind of
time-based download limit. Then another popped up, and another and another...

I first clicked "Enter" for each "OK", but that got tiresome after 10 or 12, so
then I held the Enter key down. The windows popped up and dissapeared
rapid-fire. I then let go the Enter key and then my KDE window list started
filling up with many many seperate error windows, so quickly that I couldn't
close them. I switched to an Alt-F2 and kill -9ed the lowest mozilla pid,
killing everything.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open a news account to news.readfreenews.net
2. Subscribe to "alt.os.linux.redhat"
3. Download the first 500 posts
4. Create a filter whose Junk Status == Junk to local "Trash" folder
5. Select all articles in newsgroup
6. Mark all as "junk" Keep articles highlighted
7. Tools > Run Filters on Selected Folder

Actual Results:  
bombarded with "A News (NNTP) error occurred: yellow.readfreenews.net: Your host
connection limit reached - news@readfreenews.com" error windows ad infinitum, or
at least one per post (i assume)

Expected Results:  
The problem here is that it appears that whatever path was running tried to
keep going after that error message, instead of simply quitting. Either that,
or the code dispensing error messages should be "smart", i.e. it should know
whether or not i've already gotten that error in regards to the current action.
Product: MailNews → Core
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Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → EXPIRED
Product: Core → MailNews Core
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