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Re: maildir

On Fri, Nov 27, 1998 at 10:11:56PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:

> Avery Pennarun wrote:
> > I've become a real fan of Maildir since I first ran into it in qmail. 
> > It's just such a better idea, and you don't have to quote lines
> > beginning with
> > >From when they're delivered...
> I looked at installing maildir when I installed qmail but.. each message
> in a maildir eats an inode and 4k of disk space at a minimum. I have
> mailbox archives that contain 200,000 messages or so. Doesn't anyone using
> maildir run out of inodes? Or do you go back to mbox format to archive
> your mail?

Hmm, I don't know how you mke2fs'ed your drive, but for me, creating a new
file only takes 1k, but two inodes (not sure why).  4k cluster sizes are for
Windows wimps :)

I have 209k-inodes free on my drive, and only 53k inodes used.  Mind you, I
don't archive _nearly_ that many messages.

Mutt, at least, does keep the non-incoming mailbox in non-maildir format.  I
don't mind that, since there's only really a contention/locking problem
with the main inbox, not the "received" boxes.

Have fun,


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