[ale] Mailbox format hell

Barlow, Jim D jim.d.barlow at intel.com
Mon Nov 26 14:22:07 EST 2001

>From Stephen 
class=754100219-26112001>    The sporadic problems I'm 
having seem to be related to locking on the mbox files and such. Some programs 
like Microsoft 
class=754100219-26112001>    Outlook (<SPAN 
class=754100219-26112001> yeah, yeah) can't even get the inbox open. 
KMail, Outlook Express and the like open it just fine but there 

class=754100219-26112001>    are noticeable delays 
and performance is pretty sucky.
 <FONT color=#0000ff face=Arial 
I know 
you want to stick to straight Mandrake packages....
I had 
problems with other applications timing out with the UW, though I never 
determined the <SPAN 
class=754100219-26112001>root cause of <FONT color=#0000ff 
face=Arial size=2>this because my Courier tests 
solved the problem.  
class=754100219-26112001>Courier is downright snappy with KMail and 
Squirrelmail <SPAN 
class=754100219-26112001>on mailboxes with up to 800 
messages. I suspect Mandrake doesn't 
class=754100219-26112001>provide <FONT color=#0000ff face=Arial 
size=2>Courier on the CDs because of license 
concerns or because UW is considered "good enough."

If you 
want to try the Exim / Courier Maildirs I've got them built on a Mandrake 8.1 
box and would be happy to share them.
is trivial to build and Courier just requires gentle headscratching and 
installing the right Mandrake supplied db development 
luck!  -jdb

  <FONT face=Tahoma 
  size=2>-----Original Message-----From: Stephen Pellicer 
  [mailto:spellicer at itillious.com]Sent: Monday, November 26, 2001 
  12:45 PMTo: ale at ale.orgSubject: [ale] Mailbox format 
  Ok, so I finally got my home server upgraded. I 
  really like how the Mandrake distribution is laid out. Since I'm mucking about 
  with this box, I decided to try and fix something that's been sketchy for a 
  while at my home setup: mail. I got fetchmail pulling in mail from a couple 
  mail sources and delivering them to the local postfix (I'm trying to get used 
  to this as I used to use sendmail). This gets sorted out with procmail. I then 
  access this from various sources via UW imap.
  Here's the problem: I get sporadic performance 
  via imap that I think is due to the fact that I have my mail in mbox format. 
  Everything I read in the UW imap docs and things hates this. Most people I 
  talk to hates this format. blah, blah, blah. I could care less what format my 
  mail is in. UW imap seems to prefer .mbx which is something pretty unique to 
  them. I wouldn't mind using .mbx but I'd then lose all of my procmail 
  functionality. I could easily solve all of this by downloading packages with 
  patches, etc. and build up a system that all works together. I want to stick 
  to stock Mandrake packages though. I figure this has gotta be pretty covered 
  territory so I'm probably just missing something.
  Any tips appreciated,

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