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Re: Maildir vs. mailbox

On Wed, May 28, 2003 at 12:49:03PM +0200, Tomàs Núñez Lirola wrote:
> Hi
> I'm the one who was talking about migrating the servers to a Compaq Proliant 
> DL360G3. 
> First of all I want to thank you all for your support. 15 replys in >24 hours. 
> Thank you very much (I was quite worried about that).
> Now, as the migration is imminent, I thought that I can take profit and build 
> the servers from zero, and install them the ideal way (that is probably not 
> using sendmail, probably not using bind, probably using apache2...).
> Looking docs, I've decided to move mail server from sendmail+qpop to 
> postfix+courier. And now I wonder if I should move to maildir format or stay 
> mbox format. I've found a lot of scripts to convert (mb2md-2 looks pretty 
> well), but I've not found any site explaining why should I move to maildir.
> I suppose it's easier to open a mail in a maildir than do the same on a mbox 
> (If the mbox is <20MB, qpop takes 80% of CPU for a while fetching it), but I 
> do not know advantages/inconvenients. 
> Any comments about this? Any site with comments about this?

I did some migrations like this (mbox2maildir with courier).

- Maildir performance depends on the _number_ of messages 
- Mbox performance depends ont the _size_ of the mailbox

- Maildir is better for concurrent mailbox access or mail storage on
  "bad locks handling fs" like nfs.

Here are some hints:

_The_ mbox to maildir converter:

What is maildir format and why:

Mbox vs maildir:

Maildir softquotas:

All those preceding items makes me prefers maildir and particularly
postfix+maildrop+courier-imap than other free softwares.

My 3,14 cents ;-)

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