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

On Sat, Oct 28, 2006 at 11:20:44AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
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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.

No.  What I did was I failed to delete your statements beyond where I
inserted a reply. Count the '>' characters ;-).

Paul E Condon           

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