[Dovecot] maildir location

Patrick McLean patrick at cim.mcgill.ca
Fri Mar 18 17:21:40 EET 2011

On 17/03/11 05:59 PM, Jim Knuth wrote:
> am 17.03.11 22:33 schrieb upen <upendra.gandhi at gmail.com>:
>>> If you expect to have any folders with lots of messages, I would use
>>> mdbox rather than Maildir. NFS tends to have performance problems with
>>> lots of small files, and Maildir uses one file per message, where mdbox
>>> has a sort of compromise between lots of files and the huge files that
>>> mbox creates.
>> Thanks Patrick.
>> OK.  back to zero again. Now this is new piece of information for me
>> which tell me that mdbox is better than Maildir format for emails on
>> NFS.
> really? Only for NFS?

Not necessarily only for NFS, but NFS's performance hit with lots of
files is more egregious than local filesystems.

>>   Question: Which is best format to go with in general, maildir or
>> mdbox? . We really don't want users to use their NFS HOME directories
>> for storing and accessing their emails. Even if they create any imap
>> folder that should also get created on email server's local storage
>> either in Maildir format or the new format mdbox which I've just heard
>> about.

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