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Mail folders with names ending in a dot (".") can't be deleted, don't show contents.



Folder and Message Lists
8 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: Bryan Batten, Unassigned)


(Blocks: 1 bug, {qawanted})


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8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.2) Gecko/20100115 Firefox/3.6
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20091204 Thunderbird/3.0

For example, I create a subfolder named "Radiant Systems, Inc." and save a mail message into it. On a subsequent invocation of Thunderbird, the folder appears as created, but shows no contents, and can't be deleted. When I go to the directory where it resides, I see that I have items named "Radiant Systems, Inc." and "Radiant Systems, Inc..msf". When I manually rename these to "Radiant Systems, Inc" and "Radiant Systems, Inc.msf" (thereby deleting the extra "." characters) and restart Thunderbird, everything seems OK.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create folder name ending in ".".
2. Save a mail message to it.
3. Quit Tbird and restart.
4. Try to view folder contents. None show.
5. Try to delete folder. May appear to succeed, but shows up again when
   Tbird restarted.

Expected Results:  
Should be able to create folder name ending in ".". After all, if you're hiding the extension from me, I shouldn't have to know that there's really one there.


8 years ago
Version: unspecified → 3.0
related to/same as ? 
  Bug 379101 -  Mail data and sub-folders are lost, if folder has ending period(dot) or trailing space in its name, when upgrade to Tb 2.0 from Tb 1.5 or former(Linux/Mac)
Component: General → Folder and Message Lists
QA Contact: general → folders-message-lists

Comment 2

8 years ago
Does look similar. Bug #379101 refers to Seamonkey. In fact, this problem originally started while I was still using the Seamonkey mail client. The problem disappeared when I switched to Thunderbird. If I recall correctly, it only reappeared after I briefly tried Thunderbird 3.0 - which I didn't like - and switched back to Thunderbird Some time after switching back, I started to notice problem symptoms.

Comment 3

4 years ago
Can somebody test this on Linux if it still occurs?
Flags: needinfo?
Keywords: qawanted
Rolf, do you still have linux and can test this?
Flags: needinfo?(bugzilla.mozilla.org)

Comment 5

4 years ago
FWIW, I cannot confirm this for TB 17.0.7 on Ubuntu precise.  I created a subfolder of a local folder for this test, restarted and found the copied message right where it was before.

I can say though that I have quite a few problems with subfolders on an IMAP server.  The OP does not say if this was a local folder or an IMAP server.  I do have some folders here as well that I cannot delete.  There are also some folders that were originally subfolders of the INBOX folder, got moved elsewhere accidentally and I can't move them back.  Possibly this is something similar to what the OP is experiencing.  Let me know if I can provide more info.
Flags: needinfo?(bugzilla.mozilla.org)
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Comment 6

4 years ago
deleting the folder with the trailing dot works as expected as well.

Comment 7

4 years ago
As of today, using Thunderbird 17.0.7, everything appears OK. I created a folder named "Mozilla Inc.", moved stuff to it (namely the email notice on this bug) and was able to view it after quitting and restarting Thunderbird. I then deleted that folder successfully and created another one called "Mozilla, Inc.", which also appears to be working correctly.

So ..... looks OK to me.

Blocks: 124287

Comment 8

4 years ago
I can confirm this bug on the following SuSE Linux Release: openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64)

with the following Thunderbird release: 24.1.0

It's easy to reproduce: in the Inbox folder create a new folder named 'hello.' (without the quotes of course) and it will appear in a different font as other folders (lighter color and italic here). The folder will not be usable.

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