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Re: Use of 'inetlib' by Classpath mail providers

From: Mark Wielaard
Subject: Re: Use of 'inetlib' by Classpath mail providers
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 09:16:29 +0200


On Fri, 2005-07-15 at 10:42 +1000, Stephen Crawley wrote:
> Chris Burdess <address@hidden>:
> > The underlying library used by the GNU providers is called inetlib. It  
> > provides a much lower-level API to IMAP and other network protocols. If  
> > you want performance, and you can live without a MIME framework, it may  
> > be of interest to you.
> This worries me a bit.
> While I can see that using a native library here reduces the amount of
> work to get the protocols supported there are clear disadvantages:
> [...]
> IMO, it would be a GOOD THING if you could reimplement the mail protocol
> stack(s) in Java.

Chris is talking about code that is already part of classpath:

Currently it doesn't use any external libraries. But even then I don't
think that would be a disadvantage if it provided robust new features
when such (native) libraries were available on the platform where it was



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