Multi-dbox storage space
mrobti at insiberia.net
Mon Feb 4 00:31:10 EET 2019
On 2019-02-03 21:12, Philon wrote:
>> On 03 Feb 2019, at 22:07, MRob <mrobti at insiberia.net> wrote:
>> Hi, I originally picked mdbox because I had the impression from
>> reading about it on the mailing list that it was more performant and
>> that it would conserve disc space.
>> But lately i found mailboxes have nearly double the storage as
>> reported. I mean, IMAP QUOTA reports around 900MB for one account that
>> has over 2GB when I inspect the mail location of the user using the
>> linux command `du`
>> Another account has around 750MB according to IMAP but using du I find
>> 1.5GB. This is for message files and index files combined.
>> Is this normal? I tried to read the MailboxFormat/dbox wiki page and
>> it does not directly address this topic but it does reference "doveadm
>> purge". Do I need to use "doveadm purge"?
> From https://wiki2.dovecot.org/MailboxFormat/dbox:
>> Expunging a message only decreases the message's refcount. The space
>> is later freed in "purge" step.
Thats what I read but I had a hard time to believe I could understand it
was a critical maintenance because it was not highlighted in the docs.
I ran purge and find now "du" reporting about 60% the size of IMAP QUOTA
so mdbox now is saving space and I'm very happy for Dovecot again is
good software. But may I ask developers it is not common belief of
administrators to know they must purge message storage - can you please
make this a warning in highlight and big text on the mailformat
documentation? I think this is a ciritcal oversight
PS for 10.000+ users how heavy is this process on performance? what if
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