Quick Fix: Filesystem notification initialization error — contact your mail administrator (check for configuration errors with the FAM/Gamin library)

This error can be seen in your mail client and is often caused by Courier. If you are the system administrator of the mail server, simply install libgamin as follows:

If you are root:

apt-get install gamin

If not:

sudo apt-get install gamin

Restart all of your courier services as follows (requires you to be using bash shell):

If you are root:

find /etc/init.d/ | grep courier | while read line; do $line restart; done

If not:

find /etc/init.d/ | grep courier | while read line; do sudo $line restart; done


  1. This does not really fix the issue for me (Debian Wheezy) since after a while, the gam_server process stops responding and has to be manually restarted. Until it is restarted, there is no possibility to log in via IMAP.

  2. Chris – your issue sounds a little like something that’s knocking around on the Courier mailing list and an issue I had. Installing libfam seems to fix* the issue: apt-get install fam libfam0


    * Not so much fix as work around

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