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

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On 10/28/06 10:14, Paul E Condon wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 28, 2006 at 09:59:09AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
>>> 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.

I don't see any problems, since I (almost) never go into my Maildir/
to peek around.  That's what my MUA (and scripting languages) is for.

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

Just now?  Wow.

Or are you populating using your MUA?

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