[Dovecot] Plan/Status of MBX support?
jiaying.xu at envisional.com
Sat Apr 22 17:42:08 EEST 2006
I've been happy user of dovocot as far. It is easy to
configure, reliable and secure. Hat off to all developers
who make this possible!
I know dovecot is on the mailbox format front, it supports
both mbox and maildir format well, and is developing and
experimenting a new flexible format, dbox.
But is there any plan to add mbx (i.e., indexed mbox
format) support, to complete the set?
There is some circumstance that mbox format is chosen over
the mordern maildir format, For example in our situation,
we receive many, many small messages and it would be
expensive to create so many files with maildir. And we do
a lot of searching - again a single mbox is faster in
Now the problem is, we have to use the tranditional mbox
format with dovecot, as it does not support indexed mbox
format, which makes deleting messages costly. Also the
long-time file locking (due to the slow operation on the
dovecot side) causes our MTA (exim, by the way) holds a
huge queue. That drives up the system load to mad (load
average above 500 is not unusual in our case).
If dovecot support index mbox format, we be in the havean!
But is there a plan to add this support in the near
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