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Re: [Pan-devel] The Blue Sky Becomes Clear - part 01: Basic Thoughts -

From: Charles Kerr
Subject: Re: [Pan-devel] The Blue Sky Becomes Clear - part 01: Basic Thoughts - revision 00
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 08:03:43 -0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.20i

On Thu, Apr 03, 2003 at 08:33:44PM +0530, Haran Shivanan wrote:
> Module 'Bas Mevissen' core dumped on Wed, 2 Apr 2003 with the following output
> > * Article database: more fine tuning of the article cache, purging and the 
> How about a new way of storing the cached articles?
> Currently, each article is stored in a separate file, which means the 
> directory is littered with hundreds or thousands of files with each 
> burning a (typically) 4KB inode (for linux installations).
> I know the mbox format was already tried and thrown away but why?
> It would not only be more effecient to store articles in this format, but 
> would make it easier to use from another reader or more appropriately, 
> read articles from an existing mbox. I think the main argument against the 
> mbox format was the cost in parsing the flat file and deleting messages 
> from it. But correct me if I'm wrong but isn't this the format used by 
> many other news readers? (definitely Netscape and possible Mozilla use it)
> I havn't extensively used them but were there any performance problems in 
> using mbox?

I don't have time to respond to this properly right now,
but I will point out that jwz's mail summary files statement
is six years old.  I'd counter with this:

Dan Bernstein of qmail fame wrote a good description of the
mbox problems addressed by maildir, but I can't find the link
right now and have to run to a meeting.

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