[Dovecot] still getting weird .{inbox} folder creations with latest -test7

Timo Sirainen tss at iki.fi
Thu Sep 4 14:06:39 EEST 2003

On Thu, 2003-09-04 at 11:53, Charlie Allom wrote:
> Is this an RFC thing or just historically set to create .dotfile
> mailboxes?

That's how Courier-compatible Maildir++ works. If you want subfolders,
you'd create ".sub.folder.name". There's a few good things with this:

- There's no namespace conflicts since only mailboxes begin with dot.
You can create eg. "new" mailbox.
- Listing all mailboxes is fast since everything is in one directory

CVS has been optimized to assume all files beginning with a dot (except
.subscriptions currently) are mailboxes. This is faster since it doesn't
have to stat() each file to figure out if it's a directory or not.
Perhaps that should be optional. New Linux systems (maybe others too)
wouldn't actually even need the stat()..

I'll probably some day also add support for dotless directory-structured
mailbox locations, but it's not really high priority.

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