Bug#478545: [Alpine-info] Bug#478545: [alpine] alpine does not
support large (>2 GiB) mbox's (fwd)
asheesh at asheesh.org
Tue Apr 29 15:11:50 PDT 2008
On Tue, 29 Apr 2008, Mark Crispin wrote:
> The report is correct. The c-client library makes no attempt to use the
> 64bit system calls; and thus flat files are limited to 2GB.
Thanks for the confirmation.
> The recommended solution for mailboxes with aggregate size greater than 2GB
> is to use mix format instead of a flat file format. Even if c-client were
> updated to use the 64bit system calls, flat files (especially in traditional
> UNIX format) do not perform well at multi-GB sizes.
> If there is some compelling reason offered, I will consider 64bit support.
> However, as of right now, I am highly skeptical that the benefit would be
> worth the effort, especially since there is a superior solution for large
> mailboxes available now ("superior" since it will always work better than a
> large flat file).
Well, on a system where the mail setup is configured by the sysadmin,
one's only way to read mail might be an enormous /var/mail/$USER that has
exceeded two gigabytes.
Ask somebody something.
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