[dovecot] Re: Design thought - Retention of reworked mbox files

Tim Hunt timhunt at users.sourceforge.net
Tue May 13 04:38:00 EEST 2003

It's primarily for debugging, and I don't see it being used in a high
volume environment.

What triggered the thought is that I suspect I may have lost the bodies
of a couple of messages during an expunge, but because I don't have the
previous state of the mbox file, I have no way of verifying my concern,
and certainly no way to try and recreate it.

And yes, I'm using mbox files, because I have many years of mail stored
in them, and I'm not quite ready to convert them to another format.


On Mon, 2003-05-12 at 11:01, Charlie Brady wrote:

> On 12 May 2003, Timo Sirainen wrote:
> > On Mon, 2003-05-12 at 02:05, Tim Hunt wrote:
> > > Would it be possible to keep a backup copy of an mbox mail file any time it 
> > > needs to be substantionally rebuilt - for an example before an expunge. This 
> > > behaviour could be controlled by the config file, since it would most likely 
> > > only be used in development and testing environments.
> > 
> > If it's only for debugging, I guess I could then just save a copy of it.
> Presumably the other reason you'd want it would be for mailbox integrity. 
> But if you are concerned about that, you'd be using maildir, wouldn't you?
> --
> Charlie
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