[Dovecot] any limitations running on a Mac?

Terry Barnum terry at dop.com
Sun Feb 28 04:33:59 EET 2010

On Feb 27, 2010, at 2:08 AM, Stan Hoeppner wrote:

> Terry Barnum put forth on 2/26/2010 4:20 PM:
>> The 500MB+, 5k+ message problem is with another mailserver not running postfix/dovecot. It's the reason I've started investigating postfix with your software and so far I"m very happy.
> Hi Terry,
> If it is remotely a possibility, I'd recommend going with Linux instead of
> OSX.  Going Linux gets you access to the XFS filesystem which gives the best
> overall performance for maildirs.  It seems very likely that your current
> production server is suffering at 5K files and 500MB mailboxen due to a
> deficient filesystem, among other things.  I'm partial to Debian Stable
> (Lenny) myself.  I use mbox with XFS due to the fact I archive all my list
> mail and thus generate some pretty large mbox files, growing every day.  If
> I decide to switch to or add maildirs later, I've already got the filesystem
> that performs best for both worlds.
> If you must go with OSX, avoid HFS+ and go with ZFS.  ZFS performance is
> likely inferior to XFS for maildirs, but it would still be much better than
> HFS+.

Thank you Stan. Unfortunately I read that Apple ran into licensing issues with Sun/Oracle over ZFS and removed it from Snow Leopard before it was released last year.


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