POP3: Unable to scan $HOME/Maildir


I recently ran into this problem when our anti-SPAM measures changed. Our qmail email server was bombarded by SPAM and our user’s inboxes filled up.  If I connected via IMAP and deleted a lot of messages, the $HOME error went away.

Another method I found at POP3: unable to scan $HOME/Maildir? was to to increase the softlimit for pop3d which is found in your pop3d run script such as /var/qmail/service/pop3d/run (for e.g.): Set  softlimit -m 2000000 to higher value.

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