[MlMt] dealing with large mailboxes
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Wed Jan 2 00:54:12 EST 2019
On 1 Jan 2019, at 21:42, Rick Cogley wrote:
>> how are folk dealing with this?
> I’m new to MM but I’m using EagleFiler for filing. It just copies
> each email as an `.eml` file and prunes the duplicates. You can
> encrypt the store, but if you choose not to, EagleFiler just stores
> the files in `Files` in a structure like this:
> …/Mail Archive ❯ pwd
> /path/to/my/EagleFiler/Mail Archive
> …/Mail Archive ❯ ls -la
> total 0
> drwxr-xr-x 8 rcogley staff 256 Jan 2 10:51 .
> drwxr-xr-x 4 rcogley staff 128 Jan 2 10:51 ..
> drwxr-xr-x 52365 rcogley staff 1675680 Jan 2 10:51 Files
> drwxr-xr-x@ 6 rcogley staff 192 Jan 2 10:50 Mail
> drwxr-xr-x 2 rcogley staff 64 Dec 31 12:22 Notes
> drwxr-xr-x 21 rcogley staff 672 Dec 31 19:26 Smart Folders
> drwxr-xr-x 3 rcogley staff 96 Jan 2 10:43 Temporary
> drwxr-xr-x 2 rcogley staff 64 Dec 31 12:22 To Import (Mail
> EagleFiler itself then becomes a way to search the archive of emails
> you have. To me it’s good enough.
EagleFiler or any other external archival tool it certainly a reasonable
tactic. Anything that puts scores of thousands of files in a single
directory (as the 52363 files in "Files" shown) has some risk of making
the sorts of mistake in handling very large directories that have
plagued software practically forever, however an archive & indexing tool
that consciously and intentionally builds such a thing is probably
better at handling it than an IMAP client which just happens to create
it as a side effect of mimicking how users handle messages.
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