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Re: [Nmh-workers] A useless but interesting exercise: Design MH from scr

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] A useless but interesting exercise: Design MH from scratch in the 2014 context
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:49:42 -0500

>Just because you can use a lot of disk space doesn't mean you should.  If
>you use a database backend for indexing the messages you detect and avoid
>duplicate copies of attachments.  The actual pieces of the message could
>still exist in directories with duplicate copies linked in.  Attachments,
>and copies of attachments, are the main source of disk usage in my mail

I dunno; to me, databases are fine for specialized things, but just add
a level of complexity that I don't necessarily think is useful.  Also,
I'm not sure of the savings; maybe it's just me, but I rarely get identical
copies of the same message or attachment.

>You could go even further and use FUSE to present a legacy interface.
> While maintaining a backend in another format, even on an IMAP server.

Ow, FUSE?  Say goodbye to portability.


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