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

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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.

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