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Re: [OT] maildir

On Tue, 2005-03-01 at 09:03 +1100, Brian May wrote:
> >>>>> "Michelle" == Michelle Konzack <linux4michelle@freenet.de> writes:
>     >> > inefficient at storing large number of very small files (due
>     >> to block > size limitations of file system), and more
>     >> complicated to > transfer/move/share.
>     Michelle> What is complicate ?  You need only the right
>     Michelle> programs...
> Perhaps I should elaborate on this point.
> If I want to allow people to download a mbox folder (consider mailing
> list archive), all I do is put in under a HTTP accessible
> directory. People only need to download one file, and IIRC, there is a
> standard (or defacto standard) MIME type for mbox files. I believe a
> browser will automatically start mutt. In fact, I believe this will
> work even if the file is gzipped.
> Now take Maildirs... Sure, I could tar.gz the entire directory, but
> this means the recipient must manually untar it before accessing it.
> I don't believe there is a standard MIME type to distinguish these
> files either. As far as your browser is concerned, it isn't "Maildir"
> format, it is "gzipped tar format".

You mean you don't gzip mbox files before putting them "out there"
for public access?

Besides, there's always maildir2mbox, or a wrapper around whatever
library call that any MUA (like Evo & KMail) uses when it moves 
things from a Maildir folder to an mbox "folder".

> Also, all mailing list software I have seen so far exclusively uses
> mbox files.

Sure, since all it does is append.

> Sure, these are implementation issues that could be solved, but
> currently mbox wins.

In certain narrow cases.  Any time, though, that you have the MUA
updating a big mbox at the same time an MTA is writing to it, issues
will occur.

And then there's NFS.  If $USER is mounting $HOME, then mbox files
could get corrupted, but Maildir won't.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA
PGP Key ID 8834C06B I prefer encrypted mail.

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