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Mark Schlegel

May 26, 1999, 3:00:00 AM5/26/99
All of the sudden I get this upon starting
pine 4.10

[Message 222 UID 2921 less than 2927]

I don't see this in the FAQ, what is this about?
The message doesn't last long and isn't a fatal error.


Mark Crispin

May 26, 1999, 3:00:00 AM5/26/99
to Mark Schlegel

This message came up because the 222nd message of the mailbox has a
"unique identifier" (UID) number of 2921, but the 221st message had a UID
of 2926. Since UIDs must be strictly ascending in the mailbox, the 222nd
message must have a UID of at least 2927.

Usually, this happens when some program other than Pine was used to modify
the mailbox.

Pine reacts by reassigning a new set of UIDs to all messages. This
reassignment is saved to the file the next time that Pine rewrites the

It is not a fatal condition, but if you were using software that depended
upon UIDs (e.g. a disconnected IMAP client) then all of that UID data is
invalidated and everything remembered about the mailbox has to be

-- Mark --

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