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Re: [Nmh-workers] Large MH directories

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Large MH directories
Date: Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:05:10 -0400

>i think that rcvstore would also become very slow, unless we're caching
>the next message number rather than discovering it every time.

Yeah, and we'd have to be super careful about that.

>huge mboxes are one of the reasons i eventually expect to have to
>abandon Maildir. what i wish i had is a set of MH-like utilities that
>hid the backend storage from me but allowed me shell-like simplicity and
>access to my folders and messages (and MIME parts). sadly, that'll be
>new work, which i don't have time for, and which won't relate to MH at all.

Right, I think that people forget Maildir was not designed as a mail
_folder_ but instead as a mail _drop_ (a place where you store mail to
retrieve it).  Yes, Dovecot uses it as a mail store, but I believe it does
a lot of caching.  One of my plans for redoing the internal API is to
support different backends; the three obvious candidates right now are
MH, Maildir, and IMAP.


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