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Re: default mail client

Chris Adams wrote:
Once upon a time, Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas mailhot laposte net> said:
You could do a lot of what imap offers just by standardising the MUA
backends to maildir, but everybody talks about the UI and forgets the
backend part (in fact it's quite surprising we managed to get good imap
servers out since we insist on using last century's tech with mbox and
sendmail as our defaults)

Maildir solves one problem with mbox (deleting an arbitrary message)
while making a whole bunch of new ones (the biggest being a directory
with 10,000 files is not good).  Dovecot's mbox+index seems to work
pretty well in my experience.

I find it funny that at the same time NNTP servers were moving away from
a one-file-per-message storage format due to the many problems, Maildir
(and its variants) was trying to move towards that format.

You generally don't delete messages individually from nntp servers with a human waiting for the next operation, whereas moving and deleting are probably the most common things to do to a received email message. And if your filesystem isn't good at handling a reasonable number of files, that's probably something you should fix anyway...

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell gmail com

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