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On Thu, Apr 05, 2018 at 08:42:39AM -0400, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> On Thursday, April 05, 2018 02:26:01 AM tomas@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > Increase that by 2-3 orders of magnitude [...]
> I'm laughing (at myself)--I just checked my mail directory, I have at least 4
> mbox files (and then I stopped looking) greater than 175 MB. One of them, my
> inbox, is 2.8 GB--no problems.
> I do need to compact my inbox, and I did, but maybe the actual file isn't
> changed until I quit kmail--I'll try that later.
Actually people saying mbox is a bad database are in principle right
(I never liked maildir either: dumping metadata into file names seemed
to me a bit disgusting too, but I disgress). But there's something
special about mail databases which eases that a bit: records (i.e.
mails) are *mostly* immutable (save for some metadata), so cleverly
written libs (mutt, dovecot) can be suprisingly good despite all.
But then when I see people proposing XML as structured data
representation, I suddenly grow very sad...
- -- tomás
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