Re: maximum nuber of messages in mutt?
On Thu, Feb 14, 2002 at 08:00:06PM +0200, Ian Balchin wrote:
| My debian-list folder in mutt has over 5000 messages in it despite
| some weeding out. Pretty soon I shall have to go and make a coffee
| while waiting for it to open.
| How many messages can be stored in that single file where they all
| are? Doesn't the risk of corruption mean that one day I am going to
| lose the lot (well, i would be really worried in windows).
As Colin and Craig said, the limit for an 'mbox' folder (the single
file) is probably 2GB for you (any 32-bit system without some tweaking
and magic). If you switch to maildir the limit will be your disk
space or inode count (depending on which runs out first). You'll also
get better performance opening the folder with maildir. The reason is
that mutt will only need to read the beginning of each file to get the
headers and can completely skip the data. Loading the folder (with
about 2100 messages right now) is a bit slow the first time, but after
that the cache makes it really fly!
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