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postfix-users seems to be a subscription only list. I'd recommend
incorporating TDMA <http://tdma.sf.net/> to allow for easy discussion by
outsiders

Andrew Morton (of ext3 fame) had sent this message to postfix-users list
I am forwarding so that Wietse can hopefully provide the definitive
answer to the question Andrew Morton/Stephen Tweedie seek

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From: Andrew Morton <akpm zip com au>
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To: Yusuf Goolamabbas <yusufg outblaze com>
Cc: Wietse Venema <wietse porcupine org>, adi <adi acme com>,
	ext3-users redhat com, postfix-users postfix org
Subject: Re: ext3 and chattr +S on postfix spools
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 22:32:25 -0800

Yusuf Goolamabbas wrote:
> 
> Maybe there is an opening for "mtafs" :) which would have the semantics
> which the MTA authors want and reasonable features which are useful to
> others [journalling,speed,io-clustering,etc]

Queston is: what do the MTA authors want?  We occasionally
see chunks of fuzzily-informed mud come flying over the
wall from MTA lists, but I've yet to see a neat description
of the requirements.

I'd very much like to see such a description, and to have
such a discussion, because we should have a good fit here.

> The question is what precise semantics of ffs does ext3 and
> ffs/softupdate not provide which makes running a MTA on any recent OS
> similar to playing russian roulette with mail

One man's `semantics' is another man's `side-effect' :)
We've never had an objective of retaining side-effect
compatibility with ffs.

In ext3, if you want something sync'ed, you sync it.

Now we do have a useful side-effect, and that is that if
you sync something, you've just synced everything which
preceded it.  That's not a thing which is going to change
in the 2.4 kernel timeframe, and I doubt that it'll ever change,
given that it's the most efficient way of handling any pending
write data.

Still.  Please: what are the requirements for MTAs, and for
postfix?



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