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Re: Evolution email (problem?) (IMAP, Gmail, email compacting)

On Sunday, April 30, 2023 06:24:14 PM Default User wrote:
> > What is 'compacting', what is it meant to do? 

The definition of compacting as I "grew up" with it (not sure where I first 
encountered it is the idea that in some applications, the act of "deleting" 
something doesn't actually delete it from the file, instead it is marked for 
deletion (and no longer visible to the user).

Compacting actually deletes that thing, and shrinks the file to avoid any 
wasted (empty") space previously used by those deleted things.

I suspect I first encountered that back in the early days of DOS based 
databases, even prior to dBase II.


(sig revised 20230312 -- modified first paragraph, some other irrelevant 
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If you change the topic, start a new thread.

Writing is often meant for others to read and understand (legal documents 
excepted?) -- make it easier for your reader by various means, including 
liberal use of whitespace (short paragraphs, separated by whitespace / blank 
lines) and minimal use of (obscure?) jargon, abbreviations, acronyms, and 

If someone has already responded to a question, decide whether any response 
you add will be helpful or not ...

A picture is worth a thousand words.  A video (or "audio"): not so much -- 
divide by 10 for each minute of video (or audio) or create a transcript and 
edit it to 10% of the original.

A speaker who uses ahhs, ums, or such may have a real physical or mental 
disability, or may be showing disrespect for his listeners by not properly 
preparing in advance and thinking before speaking. (That speaker might have 
been "trained" to do this by being interrupted often if he pauses.)  (Remember 
Cicero who did not have enough time to write a short missive.)

A radio (or TV) station which broadcasts speakers with high pitched voices (or 
very low pitched / gravelly voices) (which older people might not be able to 
hear properly) disrespects its listeners.   Likewise if it broadcasts 
extraneous or disturbing sounds (like gunfire or crying), or broadcasts 
speakers using their native language (with or without an overdubbed 

A person who writes a sig this long probably has issues and disrespects (and 
offends) a large number of readers. ;-)

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