Re: To mbox or not, that is the question!
On Wednesday 28 April 2004 04:36, Mike M wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 06:49:59PM +0200, Richard Lyons wrote:
> > So it is impossible to have a hierarchy in which there are both
> > mail and subdirectories in any directory. And if interoperability
> > with kmail is needed, only a flat file structure will work.
> I came upon this same conclusion with experimentation and help from
> the mutt list. I am not unhappy with it. Less magic is good.
One last word of warning to anyone trying to operate mutt and kmail:
while I experimented, I had both readers open concurrently. I finished
up totally corrupting the data, so that each email in debian-user that
I clicked on in kmail immediately lost its subject and author's name.
This was a result of operating on mbox with both readers at once. A
corruption near the beginning of the mbox (which was by then large)
meant potential loss of hundreds of emails - the whole folder! I was
able to edit the problem out by hand, but it demonstrates the relative
security of maildir format, where each message is in its own file.