[Imap-uw] Imapd-2004e and Solaris 10
MRC at CAC.Washington.EDU
Wed Aug 17 15:38:40 PDT 2005
On Wed, 17 Aug 2005, Gregory Hicks wrote:
> I must have the only Solaris IMAP server in the world that works and
> works and keeps on working...
There are different definitions of "works".
The fact that imapd works as well as it does on SVR4 is largely due to
extensive workarounds (developed over a period of *years*) to the
deficiencies in that kernel. The only purpose of those workarounds is to
get SVR4 to run as close to "as well as Linux and BSD" as possible.
Nevertheless, imapd does not, and will never, work as well on SVR4 systems
(such as Solaris) as on comparable hardware running Linux or BSD. I wish
that was not the case. After years of beating my head against the SVR4
brick wall, I conceed defeat.
The worst problem with SVR4 is that imapd is obliged to use POSIX locking
instead of BSD-style flock(). This, in turn, requires it to spawn a child
process to support the DELETE, RENAME, STATUS, SCAN, COPY, and APPEND
commands, along with an elaborate communication protocol that has to take
place between imapd and this child process. This consumes greater systems
resources and adds fragility, yet has not fully overcome the problems
caused by POSIX locking.
The bottom line is that, for whatever definition of "works" that you
observe on your Solaris (or other SVR4) system, imapd will always work
*better* under Linux or BSD: fewer crashes, fewer corrupted mailboxes, and
the ability to run more simultaneous sessions faster.
-- Mark --
Science does not emerge from voting, party politics, or public debate.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
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