[Dovecot] keeping indexes in tmpfs

Daniel L. Miller dmiller at amfes.com
Tue Apr 17 16:01:25 EEST 2007

Justin McAleer wrote:
> Daniel L. Miller wrote:
>> Justin McAleer wrote:
>>> I have the source mail spools on NFS as well.
>> Just asking - not looking for a flame war.  I had a miserable time 
>> trying to get NFS working with just my simple LAN - I've had much 
>> better results via Samba with either SMBFS or CIFS.  Off-topic - but 
>> can I ask why you're using NFS?
> Going back to my first mail, the long and short of it is:
> "However, we plan to run a cluster of these servers anyway, where we 
> will keep domains/accounts going to a particular server but fail over 
> to one of the others in case of an outage."
> We have a new Netapp, and have been running our email off NFS for 
> years without problems. To be fair, we haven't needed shared storage 
> before, but we spent a lot of money on reliable storage, so there the 
> data stayed. What sort of problems have you run into? So far in my 
> dovecot testing I haven't had any issues either.
I had issues just trying to get it to work at all.  Either portmap 
wouldn't start, wouldn't share, wouldn't talk - something.  Or I'd get 
it to work, and then my joke of a wiring closet would get bumped and the 
clients would freeze when their connection was interrupted.  That last 
was actually one of my biggest problems (admittedly not an NFS fault - 
but an NFS overreaction).  When the wires were repaired NFS settled down 
- but I had far more success with Samba, including automatically 
restoring broken connections without having the clients re-mount and/or 


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