mutt problems after debian upgrade

I’m pretty darn cautious about upgrading stuff on servers, but for some reason every once in a while I lose my mind and say, “I’m going to do a dist-upgrade my primary workstation right before (bedtime, work, a deadline).” I did that last night.

Everything was fine, although I had to re-install a bunch of Perl libraries. (I should be using local::lib or perlbrew more often.) Then I ran mutt and I got prompted for my password… even though it was connecting via a direct, preauthenticated tunnel.

It took me a long time to feel certain that it was this: When running imapd, I got the following:

* OK [ALERT] Filesystem notification initialization error -- contact your mail  administrator (check for configuration errors with the FAM/Gamin library)
* PREAUTH Ready.

This should not have been an issue, as I understand IMAP – but my understanding isn’t great. It’s a weird protocol. I looked and looked for how to disable the advanced IMAP idle features that needed the file monitors, but as far as I could tell, Courier would always look for FAM or Gamin. Finally, I threw up my arms in frustration and installed Gamin.

Everything just worked!

Written on May 9, 2010
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