Update to WMUtil to remove blank files from the message store

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Steve Cochran, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. I just updated my WMUtil program (http://www.oehelp.com/WMUTil/Default.aspx)
    to get rid of the blank files in the message store.

    "A bug in the released version of Windows Mail results in the population of
    the message store (particularly the outbox) with zero byte eml files. These
    files can accumulate and result in performance losses. So with the File
    utilities, clicking on the File Statistics will display the total number of
    ..eml and .nws files in the message store directory, as well as the number of
    zero byte (blank) .eml and .nws files. Clicking on the remove blank files
    will improve performance if there are a lot of them."

    Steve Cochran, Mar 9, 2007
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  2. Steve,
    WMUtil found 16 zero byte files, and removed them.
    However, when I restarted WinMail, I still had the stuck message
    in my Outbox. So this leads me to believe that the 'stuck'
    messages aren't necessarily zero bytes.

    Gary VanderMolen
    Gary VanderMolen, Mar 9, 2007
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  3. No. I had three stuck messages in my Inbox of 330 KB that I couldn't delete
    until I marked them as read.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Mar 9, 2007
  4. The program ignores the database. It just goes in and finds all the zero
    byte eml and nws files in the message store and obliterates them.

    As I indicated earlier, the "stuck" messages are due to spurious entries in
    the database that cannot easily be fixed. That's totally different from
    the file system. Its a case of mismatch between what's in the db and what's
    in the file system.

    If you just had 16 zero byte files then you shouldn't worry about anything.
    I had over 5,000 and that was a nuisance and I'm sure affected performance.

    Steve Cochran, Mar 9, 2007
  5. Well, in that case there was another issue obviously. There are many
    seeing messages they can't delete for which there is no corresponding
    message file.

    Having one issue doesn't preclude having others as well. <G>

    Steve Cochran, Mar 9, 2007
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