error message about disk space but there´s enough free disk space

RESOLVED EXPIRED

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Thunderbird
Mail Window Front End
RESOLVED EXPIRED
14 years ago
4 years ago

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(Reporter: Christian Korff, Assigned: Scott MacGregor, NeedInfo)

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14 years ago
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When I like to fetch my mails I get the error message "There is not enough disk 
space to download new messages. Try deleting old mail, emptying the Trash 
folder, and compacting your mail folders, and then try again."

Well, I just finished configuring Thunderbird.
Then I run Thunderbird as current user everything works fine. But I don´t know 
if this is the reason.
The error message don´t make sense to me.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Thunderbird 0.5 (I run thunderbird under a different user)
2. fetch mails
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Comment 1

14 years ago
Well, I forgot to mention that I am using the offical win32-x86 build. Also 
I´ve forgot to mention that I am using the last stable version: Version 0.5

Comment 2

13 years ago
I am having this problem on two machines running XP.  On both, I have adming 
priviledges and plenty of disk space.  I note the error is mentioned frequently 
in the forums, as recently as yesterday (April 3, 2005)  Here is what I can add.

My version is version 1.0.2 (20050317).
I get the message intermittently -- i.e. i may go for days without it.  When I 
do get the message, it seems unrelated to anything listed in the forums.  For 
example, on one machine I am mostly testing the junk filters.  I have no 
folders and completely delete all mail before downloading.  On this machine, I 
keep messages on the server.  I did a compact folders (even though I had none), 
and it made no difference.  I have no mail files to delete.  

On the other machine, I have many folders and emails.  Compacting makes no 
difference.  On this machine, I do not leave mail on the server.  Deleteing top 
emails makes no difference (either before downloading to Thunderbird or 
afterwards).  I have found that if I keep trying to download mail -- maybe over 
several days, or just a few minutes, some additional email will download (maybe 
4 or 5) before I get the error message.  After a while (maybe days) all the 
mail will finally download without the message.

I am mostly trying to bounce this up.  There are reports of it in the forum for 
a long time.  It has kept me from switching to Thunderbird as my main email 
client, because I can't be assured of getting my mail in a timely fashion.
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Last Resolved: 13 years ago
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Comment 5

4 years ago
I got the same message as above using Thunderbird 24.1.0 on windows 7 64 bits.
Message:"There is not enough disk space to download new messages. Try deleting old mail, emptying the Trash folder, and compacting your mail folders, and then try again"

I got 250GB of free harddisk space. I deleted around two hundred messages from my Inbox and emptied the trash. Furthermore, I compacted the inbox folder and the trash folder.
The problem continues. The problem started today. Until last week there was no such message.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Thunderbird 24.1.0 with a pop3 / smtp account
2. fetch mails.
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Comment 6

4 years ago
I got the same message as above using Thunderbird 24.1.1 on windows 7 32 bits.
Message:"There is not enough disk space to download new messages. Try deleting old mail, emptying the Trash folder, and compacting your mail folders, and then try again"

I got 331GB of free harddisk space. The problem started 23-11-2013. Until last week there was no such message.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Thunderbird 24.1.1 with a pop3 / smtp account
2. fetch mails.

Comment 7

4 years ago
Same problem for me too, for version 24.2.0, Windows 7, 64bit. Over 200MB of free space.
I think the problem is due to corrupted inbox(es) and/or outbox(es).
The problem happens with one of two inboxes. The 1st inbox is at 280MB, which is okay. The second inbox is at 4GB and this inbox is the one complaining it is full.
You will need to delete a few messages, then right-click the folder, select "properties" and choose repair folder to fix it. You will then see a lot more unread email, however, the problem is due to a 32bit program attempting to access a file, and the limit is 2GB for signed int, or 4GB for unsigned int.
The solutions to fix this is to keep your email boxes smaller than 4GB if you are using 32bit Thunderbird, or else, Thunderbird needs to made to be able to read files larger than 4GB. This will be a problem for VFAT32 or similar file systems that are limited to 4GB max.
The solution for this person was to divide their email into separate archives of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 so that their inbox remained well below 4GB.
You may also want to be careful if you are backing-up to file systems that cannot handle 4GB or larger (like most USB sticks), because you will then only be ablee to recover a corrupted file because it was truncated at 4GB.

Updated

4 years ago
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Comment 8

4 years ago
This is still a problem in Thunderbird 24.5.0.  Reopen this bug and change the error message to something that's actually helpful.  I had to archive my inbox, for instance, before any mail could be retrieved, so it has nothing to do with the hard drive being full, it was the inbox file size being too big.
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Comment 9

4 years ago
Hi Jon B,
There appears no method allowing you to open an expired bug. Started a new Bug 1017028 with approximately the same title with a slightly more helpful subject line.
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