[Dovecot] mail spool filesystem

Nick Rosier nick+dovecot at bunbun.be
Wed Aug 31 23:27:14 EEST 2011

Kelsey Cummings wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 03:48:00AM -0500, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
>> On 8/17/2011 9:42 AM, Adrian Ulrich wrote:
>>>> I read that XFS is a good choice, but is not
>>>> too reliable...
>>> Are you using Maildir or MBOX?
>>> In any case: XFS would be my last choice:
>>> XFS is nice if you are working with large files (>  2GB), but
>>> for E-Mail i'd stick with ext3 (or maybe even reiser3)
>>> as it works very well with small files.
>> XFS was designed for parallelism, whether with large files or small,
> ...
> Anyone been using ZFS on FreeBSD for mail spool storage?
I'm using ZFS on FreeBSD 8.2. But to be honest, this is a 
personal/private mail-system with limited mailboxes. I really like the 
snapshots in ZFS. Every night I make a snapshot which I send to another 
server for backup. Every hour I make a new snapshot from which I send 
the incremental to the backup-server. That way if the worst happens I 
will only loose 1 hour of mail.

ZFS was built for data integrity, not speed so if it's speed you are 
looking for this might not be the fastest but maybe fast enough.


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