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Re: switching from mbox to maildir in mutt, exim, etc.: how?

On Sat, Oct 28, 2006 at 09:59:09AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> On 10/27/06 16:25, Paul E Condon wrote:
> > I'm looking at my system backups and notice that there is some clutter
> > form mbox files being updated almost daily. I think the clutter would
> > be reduced by switching to maildir (true?), but I wonder about other
> > consequences of such a switch. In particular, when I google the topic
> > of how to switch, I find only people asking the question, and some
> > comment to the effect 'why bother?', but no answers. Is it a bad idea
> > for reasons which I have not yet fathomed? Where can I find a recent
> > HOWTO that adresses Debian issues, if it is not bad?
> You could implement IMAP.  Courier- and Doveccot both support Maildir.
> However, I'm not sure what you mean by /clutter/.  Constantly
> rewriting the mbox file keeps the fs busy, and might cause file
> conflicts.  OTOH, Maildir creates one (weirdly-named) file per mail
> message.  That *really* clutters up your data directory!!!

Thanks for the warning. Knowing this, I think I don't really want to switch.

> That being said, I implemented an IMAP server, and am more than
> happy with it.
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> are mud people.
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