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Re: unable to open mailbox

On Sat, Jan 09, 2010 at 08:09:57PM -0600, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> RobertHoltzman put forth on 1/9/2010 5:45 PM:
> > On Sat, Jan 09, 2010 at 10:27:33AM -0200, Eduardo M KALINOWSKI wrote:
> >> Klistvud wrote:
> >>> I've heard maildir is more robust than mbox in that regard. Can anybody  
> >>> confirm if that's true or not?
> >>>   
> >>
> >> I'd say so. Since each message is a file, if one file gets corrupted
> >> only that message will be affected.
> > 
> > But it slows down searches.
> That's the general wisdom regarding search performance, but I'm not so sure that
> its correct for modern systems and software.  I haven't located any modern
> apples-apples benchmarks of mbox vs maildir.  Dovecot supports both mailbox
> formats and its mbox code has been heavily optimized.  It would be nice to see
> this http://www.courier-mta.org/mbox-vs-maildir/ benchmark performed today but
> testing dovecot-mbox vs dovecot-maildir.

One of the Alpine (ex)devs claims it's true. If I ever get the time I'll
see about testing it one of the distros on my desktop box. Intuitively
it sounds right as a search would entail opening and closing many files
as opposed to one with mbox.

Bob Holtzman
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