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Re: POP3 was: Re: command not found [SOLVED]

On Friday 18 December 2015 09:54:54 Bob Bernstein wrote:

> Gene: I'm unfamiliar with the term "mailfile." Can you expand a
> tad on that? Q'est-ce que?

A mailfile, as I understand it, is the whole thing merged into one file, 
with a blank line or something as a separator, and an index file 
containing the starting offset and read status of each message in the 
main file to speed up the search for new mail.  The fly in that soup is 
of course that other message marks aren't preserved if the index file 
has to be completely rebuilt, a time consuming process when an 
individual folder or directory has 90,000+ emails in it.  Even maildirs 
can be slow to enter when there are 90,000+ files to search for the 3 
unread msaages newly arrived, on this system its about 9 seconds of 
watching the curser spin.  Mailfiles are even slower here.

That strikes me as a fragile system, and has been adequately proved so at 
my location, so until I run out of entry's in the directory, I will 
stick with a file per message format.

YMMV, and I could be wrong. But that is AIUI.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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