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Re: the right bug severity in case of data corruption

On Tue, 2012-11-27 at 16:32 +0100, Adam Borowski wrote:
> So, what's the reason mbox is still the default in Debian?
> Among other gains, data loss because of mboxo would be gone.
Just posted some reasons[0] (but as I see now, some of them have already
been named by others...

But in general... I think whether a better alternative is available, and
whether Debian should switch to it, doesn't matter at all here:
These programs still offer mbox, even if we decided to change all
defaults to maildir... people could still shoot themselves into their
feet (without their own fault).
It's like a serious flaw would have been found in gzip and people would
say... oh don't complain... there's already the much better/newer bzip2
or xz.

Further, e.g. for Thunderbird there IS currently NO way to avoid mbox...
even when having e.g. a IMAP server locally that actually stores your
mail, TB seems to temporary store mails as mbox.

> [3]. Out of a habit, I guess.  With current disk sizes, no one should care
> about a few gigs here, a few gigs there.  Unless you need to read a mbox
> linearly, that is.
I guess you've never run a really really large mail archive, have you?


[0] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2012/11/msg00853.html

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