RMAIL max buffer size exceeded
There is a maximum buffer size of 8MB in
Should you try to read new mail causing your RMAIL buffer to exceed
this limit, you will get the error
max buffer size exceeded.
My understanding of this situation, having only seen it once, is that
everything you try to do at this point, including deleting messages,
results in repeating the error message.
Here is the procedure which I believe will get around this situation:
The "g" command should now work (first getting the contents of your
and the next time, any new mail you may have received).
- Exit from
without saving the RMAIL buffer.
You can do this because
keeps a copy of your new mail on disk (in
until the RMAIL buffer containing the new messages is successfully
- Start up a new
- Read your
file in using the command
<ESC> x rmail-input <CR> RMAIL <CR>
Remove some of the messages in the file (either by moving them to
another file, or just deleting them).
(You may be interested in the page on
reducing the size of your
- Expunge and save your RMAIL buffer (using the "s" command).
This page last updated April 12, 1995.