I am using my thunderbird on all (4) opensuse 11.2 machines with the same settings and versions. On one machine the Imap Cache for the account i use with my Gmail the cache is GIGANTIC. I have cleared out a partition i had laying around (Hp resore partition) and created an ext3 filesystem on it and mounted it as /home/username/.thunderbird because the imap cache was filling up my /home partition But even this partition was soon filled up to the brim.

I have repeatedly emtied the directory imap.gmail.com and i am now fed up ..
polleke@Host:~/.thunderbird/mor3t8nk.default/ImapMail> df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on

/dev/sda2 13G 12G 336K 100% /home/polleke/.thunderbird

polleke@Host:~/.thunderbird/mor3t8nk.default/ImapMail> ls
imap.google.com imap.google.com.sbd imap.google.com.msf

polleke@Host:~/.thunderbird/mor3t8nk.default/ImapMail> rm
polleke@Host:~/.thunderbird/mor3t8nk.default/ImapMail> rm -rf
polleke@Host:~/.thunderbird/mor3t8nk.default/ImapMail> rm -rf

after the deletion (and removal of the account from TB) ihave 75% free on that partition

Gmail reports a quota of 7Gb and i have used 40 % of it so it is virtually impossible that i have cached so much mail allready.

I would love to back to the 11.1 version because it did not have an issue with my gmail, worked with the lightning plugin and whatever..

Any thoughts about what could have mangled my TB installation
SuSe-pvn:~ # zypper se thunderbird
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

S | Name | Summary | Type
i | MozillaThunderbird | The Stand-Alone Mozilla Mail Component | package
| MozillaThunderbird-devel | Mozilla Thunderbird SDK | package
i | MozillaThunderbird-translations-common | Common translations for MozillaThunderbird | package
| MozillaThunderbird-translations-other | Extra translations for MozillaThunderbird | package
| beagle-thunderbird | Thunderbird plugin for the Desktop search application Beagle | package
SuSe-pvn:~ # zypper info mozzillathunderbird
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

package 'mozzillathunderbird' not found.
SuSe-pvn:~ # zypper info MozillaThunderbird
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

Information for package MozillaThunderbird:

Repository: @System
Name: MozillaThunderbird
Version: 3.0b4-3.6
Arch: i586
Vendor: openSUSE
Installed: Yes
Status: up-to-date
Installed Size: 30.0 MiB
Summary: The Stand-Alone Mozilla Mail Component
Mozilla Thunderbird is a redesign of the Mozilla Mail component. It is
written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be
cross-platform. It is a stand-alone application instead of part of the
Mozilla application suite.