Re: Test, please ignore
- --- In email@example.com, Scott <scottro@...> wrote:
> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 08:22:04PM -0000, Thad Floryan wrote:Hmmm. You're right and I'm "sort of" correct. :-)
> > [...]
> > Though I haven't "played" with maildir format, your comment that
> > it's a single file is the same problem with Microsoft's Exchange
> > server with all email in one file -- that's the kiss of death
> > when things go wrong which is common.
> Hrrm, I obviously wasn't clear. mbox is one huge file, with
> various things in the file to separate individual mails. Maildir
> makes each email message a separate file.
> > [...]
> > With mbox format mail every email is a separate file so generally
> > one "might" lose one email if there is a disk error.
> As I understand it, mbox keeps each mailbox as file -- that is, if
> you have inbox and no other mailboxes, it's one huge file composed
> of all your emails.
It's been too long since I've looked at the actual email hierarchy. I
checked back in my archives and saw (and now remembered) I wrote a
program called mailsplit back in the 1980s that would examine an
inbox file and split it up into individual files based on the
"From " (that's "From" followed by a space) separator.
Dovecot's been running for so long now because it's the best for IMAP
and it's one of only three standards-compliant IMAP servers:
http://imapwiki.org/ImapTest/ServerStatus IMAP servers' status
and Dovecot does have separate files for each email along with VERY
fast indexing and searching. Here's how many emails I have on my
server as of a minute ago across several hundred mail folders noting
several of the items counted are Dovecot's index files:
thadlabs bash 70971/70977> pwd
thadlabs bash 70971/70977> ls -lR | wc -l
thadlabs bash 70971/70977>
I suppose I've been using Thunderbird for so long now (10 years)
that some of the various email setups are blurred in my memory; I
just leave everything now on the server (FreeBSD) so it's available
from any of my systems or even from anyplace in the world via the
webmail facility -- disk space is cheap. About once a year I tar
up the mail directory and copy that to a system on my LAN; there is
already a backup disk on the server with a copy of all the mail -- I
once had to restore an email from that backup disk on the server.